Read John 11:35 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Have you ever seen a movie in which the characters laughed after something bad happened to them?
Parent Note: Jesus weeping outside of Lazarus' tomb may seem equally confusing. Jesus was the only person there who knew that Lazarus' death was temporary, so shouldn't Jesus have been joyful? But the same can be said of us when we lose a loved one. If our loved ones believed in Jesus, they are in heaven, and we will see them again. Knowing that doesn't make our temporary loss any easier to bear. When Jesus lived as a man, He experienced everything life has to offer, both good and bad. When we read the stories about His life and see what He went through, we can see that no matter what happens to us, He can relate. Even though He knew that in a matter of moments He would raise Lazarus from the dead, He experienced grief with Lazarus' loved ones.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for understanding every emotion I feel.
I know that You are a God who cares about my feelings.
Please help me to be comforted when I feel sad, angry, or lonely.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.