A few small slips of the tongue and suddenly the Apostles’ Creed goes from an amazing summary of theological truth to a story about Jesus’ worst day ever.
My daughter is in the process of memorizing the Creed. But her 7-year-old mind is doing some interesting things with the wording of the Creed as she goes. She’s only three lines in, so I’ll have to keep you updated with the rest. But here’s what we have so far.
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only forgotten Son, our Lord:
Who was consumed by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary:
In this version of the Creed, Jesus is having a pretty rough go. First his dad forgets him and he has to be that kid whose parents never show up on time. And then, probably while he’s waiting, the Spirit comes along and eats him. Brutal.
I’m not sure that it can get any worse from here. But if it does, I’ll be sure to let you know. And, if you’d like to use it in church sometime, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind. Just update your resume first.
By the way, as a bonus for parents, if you’re going to work through the Apostles’ Creed with your kids, be prepared to explain words like “conceived” and “Virgin.” It really livens up the dinner conversation.