A Questioning Song

• An all-ages song with questions about God: who, what, where...

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Walter Farquharson

Lyrics as Poetry

Where are you, God?
I want to know!
Away up high or far below?
Behind a star or in the grass,
are you a solid, liquid, or gas?

Where are you, God?
Can you be found
in farthest space or on the ground?
I need to know if I’m to pray,
if I’m to believe in you today.

Words by
Walter FarquharsonCopyright © 1984 by Walter Farquharson
Administered by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

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A Reflection by

Where is God? Does God know what we do? Does God really care? It is important to help children articulate their questions and to listen carefully to them. Some may seem serious, some humorous, but often children cover more serious questions with a joke when they are unsure of how others might react. Having listened carefully to the questions, it is just as important to hear the answers children give to their own questions — or to the questions asked by their friends.

In Jesus’ day, some people thought God lived only in the temple in Jerusalem. They wondered if God could hear their prayers when they were far away from Jerusalem. Some thought God lived only on the holy mountain! (John 4:19-26)

Some children may think God lives in the sky or in a church building or some other far away place. Adult images of God may be equally restricted or limited. Paul said that God lives in us, and we are God’s temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

Often, people in Scripture stories had questions about where God was, but just as frequently they had questions about why God did or didn’t do certain things. There were many things people didn’t understand and for which they sought explanations. Sometimes their questions came when they were hurting or angry about their present situation. Some useful examples of these types of situations can be found in the following Bible verses:

Job 3:1-12
Psalms 22, 137, 140
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 27:45-46

As human beings, we need to know that God is more expansive than our questions or our answers. Even the names we use in referring to God are too limiting.

Therefore questions should be encouraged rather than stifled. We can only appreciate the mystery of God as we move beyond easy, static answers. Neat and tidy descriptions of who God is, or how God works only serve to create ‘boxes’ in which to keep God and others within our control.

Questioning does not indicate lack of faith, but rather, growth in faith. Lack of faith occurs when we live as if God is non-existent and makes no difference to life. Growth occurs when we are not satisfied with easy answers, when we continue to question and seek new explanations, and when we strive to broaden our understanding of God and God’s ways. Each question and subsequent search for a new answer is another step forward on the faith journey to which all of us are called.

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One verse played on piano

Scripture References

  • Job 3:1-12
  • Psalm 22
  • Psalm 137
  • Psalm 140
  • Matthew 27:45-46
  • Luke 22:39-46

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • All-ages
  • Children∶ music about
  • Children∶ music for
  • God∶ nature of
  • Intergenerational
  • Question, Questioning

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