I have the immense privilege if preparing two children for confirmation at Pentecost.
At our last session one of the girls raised a beautiful insight. We were talking about the parable of the prodigal son.
I was saying how wonderful it is that God was always there for us with outstretched arms waiting for a hug, and no matter the mistakes we make this will always be available to us. The girls thought about this for a while and then one said
"It's like Jesus on the cross isn't it, his arms out wide like this (she demonstrated) for us. Just like the dad in the story."
That 9 year old made my week with that insight. Yes she is 9. An insightful and mature insight for a nine year old I think, don't you?