A week or so ago, my husband took the day off work and we all went out to take care of some errands and have fun together as a family. In the evening we had our usual Bible study time with the kids. We’ve been going through the book of Matthew with them recently, and one of our younger kids asked a question about why some of the details of the Lord Jesus’ time on earth were different in the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This question has come up before, and we’ve explained to them that none of the four books contradict each other; they just give different details in some places and identical in others, all in four different styles and bringing out multiple aspects of our wonderful Lord and what He did for us. Together they tell the whole story.
At times when this topic has come up we have also given the kids an example to help them understand, pointing out to them that someday they’ll each have a story to tell of growing up in our home. With some details overlapping and others very individualized, when combined they would tell the whole story of what it’s like to be a Wilbur. The difference of course is that the Gospels weren’t just written by four men with their own point of view relying on their own memories; we know they were each inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what the Lord wanted us to know. But the example of our kids recalling their childhood someday seems to help, at least until the next time they ask the same question.
“We went to the mall and bought a game and fixed glasses. We went to Olive Garden and I, Zach, and Mom had fettuccini alfredo. We played outside and I played basketball, and I went near the playground on my bike.” - Daniel, 8