Who Are You?

Author: Rachel H├ębert
September 14, 2020

Who Are You?

This is the question that I am currently exploring with our UKirk College Fellowship students. The basis that we are using to guide our discussion is something I learned back in elementary school, using an affirmation of faith that was approved by the 210th General Assembly in 1998–Belonging to God: A First Catechism.

I was at a retreat for children from second through fifth grade, and our Director of Christian Education was helping to lead this retreat. It was the first “Christian camp” that I had ever attended, and every time we came together as a group, we learned this catechism. 

Here are the first six questions and responses:

Question 1: Who Are you?
I am a child of God.
Question 2: What does it mean to be a child of God?
That I belong to God who loves me.
Question 3: What makes you a child of God?
Grace—God’s gift of love that I do not deserve and cannot earn.
Question 4: Don’t you have to be good for God to love you?
No. God loves me in spite of all I do wrong.
Question 5: How do you thank God for this gift of love?
I promise to love and trust God with all my heart.
Question 6: How do you love God?
By worshipping God, by loving others, and by respecting what God has created.

Now I must tell you that I do not have even these 6 memorized, but those first two questions stuck to my fifth-grade mind. These are such simple questions, yet they are sticky questions and answers—words that are imprinted on your mind and heart.

It’s why we’re using this catechism in UKirk, because if these college students can remember anything to carry them into the semester, I want them to remember this: I am a child of God, and I belong to God who loves me. Sometimes, as we get older, we forget these most basic questions and that the simplest of answers have the power to sum up what we truly believe.

I hope that as you move into this new academic year, you might try working with your child(ren) to memorize some of those questions. Living in a world where we seem to be defined by a pandemic, by an election year, by extreme natural disasters, we can forget who we are and Whose we are. So, let’s make this year one in which all of us, when we are asked, “Who are you?” our immediate thought and response is, “I am a child of God.”


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