Well, Christ suffered for people, but what do people suffer for? Grisha
Why is there such a dog’s life in our family so that even cats cannot live with us? Andrei
What has my Dad done to You that he’s so unlucky? Vita
There’s so much grief and suffering on earth so that people weren’t sorry to die. Igor
And when they shoot here on earth, don’t You hear this, God? Valera
Oh, Lord! Why am I created this way? Alla
Do something so that I were born for another life in France as a boy. Kira
Why am I such a bad pupil? Perhaps, because of the Teachers? Gena
If I get to hell, You will see me there and see how they will torture me? Gleb
Men were the first to give birth, remember Adam’s rib and Eve. Why didn’t You like it and loaded such burden on to women? Zoya
IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR A MILLSTONE ...
I wrote a poem. But I’m ashamed of it and never showed it to anyone. But I’ll show it to You, God. Here it is: "Adults cry with tears, adults cry with eyes. Little ones cry with hearts, little ones cry with life. But if an adult cries like a little one, he cries in earnest." Marik
LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THINE HEART AND WITH ALL THY SOUL AND WITH ALL THY MIGHT.
Of course, I love You, but I love Mom and Dad more. Isn’t it bad? Zoya
And what if people don’t love, but are afraid of You? Ruslan
THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.
Please, may I not die? Yulia
And can we not be born? Sveta
Do You know when I grow up shall I be a good girl or not? Katya
Do I strongly disgrace You? Vova
What marks would You put me for my life? Arkady
I’m still small, and study in the 3rd form. No sins so far, but they are going to be. Eva
I was at a cemetery and one tomb greatly impressed me. A big black stone with just one word cut in it: "Mummy." That’s all. Vanya
BE YE PERFECT.
I have no harmful habits. What can I expect for this? Robert
TO DUST YE SHALL RETURN.
When I’m no more shall I see myself? Tolik
God, may I live as long as my mummy wants. Vera
Please do something so that the Andronov family never die. Yasha Andronov
Forgive all who are not christened, and me, too. Filipp
Evaporate my sins. Tolik
I also forgive You much. Nathan
Save people not from sins, but from loneliness. Sergei
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
When you read inscriptions on cemetery tombs you begin to wonder: where are
bad people buried? Oleg
The more you live the more you feel in the next world. Radik
Don’t demand that all pray to you. This is immodest. Valya
I’m bad, but let anyone who is good throw a stone at me. But mind! You don’t throw a stone. Vyacheslav
I’m writing You from an orphanage. This is a place where children are exiled for the bad behaviour of their parents. Ariya
AS FOR GOD, HIS WAY IS PERFECT.
How come that God’s will is for everything?! For summer, for Mom’s illness,
for war? Marat
How do You live up there in heaven? Do You have everything? Perhaps You need something. Zina
I was born, looked into the world, and it is so wicked and cruel. Andrei
Why did You create the world such that when Mom has her tights torn she cries? Vita
Dear God, take me back, it’s so boring here. Vasya
Good God, did You give me my soul, or someone else’s? Stasik
Why was I born ugly? Katya
Oh, if You only knew me earlier when I was in kindergarten. Now I look slightly worse. Sveta
Flowers are better creations of Yours than man. Galya
Well, would You create man for the second time? Oleg
Be honest, God, is it You who did it? Lyosha
Why is it when You switch on stars in the sky at night and blow warm wind to earth, and everything around is so still I sometimes want to cry? Natasha
GOD IS LOVE.
They say You are love. Forgive me, but love is Ira. Alik
Why do people first fall in love and then cry silently? Andrei
Tell me between ourselves whether there’s somebody who loves me. Anzor
And did it happen to You that when You like somebody, he does not even look in Your direction? Olya
How many times shall I fail in love? I already failed three times. Yura
I’ll tell You a secret: when I see a lonely woman I feel ashamed of You. Armen
You’re kind. Why should people beg You to do this or that? Natasha
SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND.
When I die, I don’t want to get to paradise or to hell. I want to be with
Let’s meet before my death. Yura
I’d like to come to Your home to see You, for a week, at least. Alyona.
Show me at least one angel, we shall keep it secret. Raya
They told us yesterday at school that You exist. Hello! Lyonya
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.
When will my classmates stop bullying me? Tonya
Can You give me luck and inflatable rubber boat? Arvid
O, God, I know that I should offer another cheek to be slapped. So what? I did it, Oleg slapped me and now all regard me as coward. Thank You. Edik
MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS.
I’d like to know before what do You intend to do: another flood, or conflagration in which the earth will perish? Kirill
LUST IS THE SAME AS ADULTERY.
Why are many boys such womanizers already in the second form? Nadya
Help me to curb my urge for Natalia Nikolayevna. She’s old. Vagan
Please, explain what’s funny in this. I simply said to her: "You’re my wrinkle." Kolya
I’ll tell You a secret, but not a word to anyone. Zhenka kissed me and we shall now have children. Thanks, in any case. Zoya
GOD ALLOWED DIVORCE BECAUSE OF YOUR HARDNESS OF HEART.
Divorce is the funeral of family. Olya
May the one whom I like love me, and I shall marry her for a long time to come. Vasya
I cannot forget my daddy’s eyes when mummy, taking me by the hand, was leaving him for good. Andrei
You know, mummy left us and we’re alone with dad. We want to have woman’s love and care. Venya
I went to kindergarten with her for two years, studied in first form with her for six months and now she says to me: "We’re two different persons." Just imagine. It’s worse than death. Arkady
GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER.
Why are You first so bad, and next day so wonderful? Olya
YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.
You write in the Bible that in the beginning was the Word. What Word? Ruslan
O, God! Do You know my new address? Lyalya
Goodbye, my Lord, I am leaving for Israel. I am very sad to part with my mates, with our teacher Galina Mikhailovna, with You. I’d invite you to my place, but they speak Hebrew there. Izya
THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GOD BEFORE ME.
Catholics have one God, Muslims another, Judaists another, Lutherans another, Orthodox Christians also another. How many of You are there? Igor
MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.
Do You have the mind, or do You have only the soul? Zhenya
Bear children all the time, and die all the time …Isn’t it bloody stupid?! Kolya
I am so tired of life. I study, study and study, as a fool. Senya
Isn’t it boring for You to always be right? Armen
Just look, we study all the time, and what for, why should we suffer so much if we die some day and all our knowledge will be wasted. Fedya
LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
God, where is Christ now, what’s He doing? Stella
Why are You afraid of showing Yourself to people? Nyoma
You promised to protect the weak and offended, but I don’t feel it. Roma
THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.
When this world ends will another begin? Garik
YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON.
O, God! You invented money, but we don’t have it at home. Shurik
I never ate a cake. Perhaps, I’m too young. Valentin
O, God! I invite You to my birthday party. If you don’t have money, do come without a present. Misha
Two years ago Santa Claus presented me with a bike. But now it’s too small for me, I need a bigger one. You’re richer than Santa Claus. Robert
IS THIS THY KINDNESS TO THY FRIEND?
O, Lord! Let’s be friends! Fedya
Aren’t we all Your toys? Sasha
Why do we grow old? Ilya
Listen, and who was I in the other life? Perhaps, You shouldn’t have turned me into humans? Senya
You know, sometimes it seems to me that there is no soul in me, yet sometimes it aches. Roman
Help me, dear God, in sadness. Yevgeny
O, God, I’m so grateful to You for everything You did for me earlier. But help me now. My daddy has been put in prison for nothing and he is there for eight months. I’m waiting for him all the time. I beg You to help me, this is my greatest request. I will never bother you, even when I have to die. Ira
THOUGH HE SLAY ME, YET SHALL I TRUST HIM.
Can I come to You in Your dreams sometimes? Valera
Perhaps, You are sad up there? Sofa
Do You ever laugh or cry? Olga
Is it beautiful up there where You are? Seryozha
Are You happy? Evelina
How can I get rid of sin? Just pray, and that’s all? Really?! Sergei
I respect You for Your faith in man. Igor
You’re cunning, first you allow man to sin, then he repents and You forgive him. It turns out that You’re always kind. Isn’t it sly? Tolik
PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR.
Don’t be afraid, O, God! I’m with you. Andrei
O God! When I don’t pray, don’t be angry, I am all in love. Yasha
Will You be able to forgive me my sins? If not, I shall sin further calmly. Ernst
GOD WILL BE ALL IN ALL.
Let’s come to terms. My God, I believe in You and You believe in me. Lyalya
Adopt me, and when you’re old I’ll give you a glass of water to drink. Oleg
They say: "We’ll all be there!" Does this mean that we all shall be together again? Rustam
Yours ever, Syoma
HONOR YOUR PARENTS.
I want my dad to come back to us, and let him not shout and swear. And if he does, make him mute. It will be better to have the mute dad. Rustam
A SOFT WORD ...
When my dog leaves this earth take it to Yourself. You will have a real friend. Take it for a walk at seven o’clock, it eats everything, but don’t shout at it, it can bite. Zhora
Don’t You think that it’s a pity that there are no churches for dogs on our earth? Because love for dog cannot be unrequited. Robert
A WORD TO THE WISE.
When will Jesus Christ come for the second time? people should prepare for this, otherwise it will be like during his first appearance on earth. Alina
GIVE US THIS DAY ...
I’d like to go on a dangerous reconnaissance mission with You. Garik
Dear God, please, do something so that all, from my granny to elephants, be happy, fed and clothed. Tonya
I ask you not for myself, but for people. Please, do something so that all could live eleven years longer than now. Artur
Respected Almighty, do something so that hands and feet should be always clean. Borya
Make my life long and funny. Olga
Please, show me for all the world to see. Alla
May my dad and granddad become angels and guard me. Zhenya
Return my parents to their childhood. I’d be friends with mummy, but rip apart my stepfather. Gosha
I would like very much children from orphanages to find new, cozy parents. Dasha
I’d like to have five birthdays a year. Not because I want to receive presents. Simply, I’ll see my dad more often. Nina
I’d like some brains for my parents, because they don’t understand me. Nadya
I’d like to ask You for some pet. And if it’s difficult for You let it be a soft toy. Syoma
I want a calm and quiet old age. Yura
Send Your son to earth. We will not crucify Him. Pavlik
Please, do something so that people shouldn’t die and there should be no mosquitoes. Alik
Don’t give Verka Rogozina what she’ll ask. Olya
I’m always told to see and admire Your bright image. Don’t disappoint me. Andron
Watch me attentively, lest I do something bad. Alik
You are in each person, so tell her that I like her. I’m too shy. Kolya
What would I like to ask You for? Well, You know it Yourself. Alik
If You find my mitten, please give it back, honestly. Anya
O, God! Give something, for Christ’s sake. Anton
I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA.
I write to You and still no answer. You are lazy. Larik
That’s all. Further it will not be interesting to You. Artur