Read John 11:17 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Why didn't Jesus heal Lazarus and prevent him and his loved ones from suffering?
Parent Note: Unfortunately, knowing and loving God does not make us immune to bad things in this world. Christians get sick. Christians face hardships. Christians die. However, just as we can count on experiencing suffering during our lives, we also can count on God's eternal love for us and a promise found in Romans 8:28: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Allowing Lazarus to die was very sad, but it provided Jesus with an opportunity to glorify God by showing His power and revealing that He was the Son of God.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You that all things work together for good.
I know that even when bad things happen, You are still a good God.
Please help me to trust You when I face hard times.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.