Children's spirituality is often perceived in a caught moment: a child absorbed in creating a picture, a baby watching intently as the candles are lit, a toddler's simple thank you prayer.
We recognise it when we see it, but like play, it defies a definition in words. But it is also far more than a caught moment, for our spirituality is integral to all that we are. Research (Hay D & Nye R 2000 The Spirit of the Child) indicates that spirituality is innate; that it is something we are born with. When asked to describe their spiritual experiences many adults will tell of something that happened in their childhood. (Robinson E 1977 The Original Vision) In a society that emphasises secularism and material prosperity, it can be hard for children's spirituality to be given the nurture it needs in order to develop.
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