Death is such a hard concept for a child. How does someone just disappear from our lives? My youngest was only four when my first grandparent died. It was the first death of someone close to me for a very long time so it was especially difficult. My children saw me grieving and they went to the memorial service, so we had conversations about death. We knew that my grandfather was a believer so our talks included Heaven and how we will all see each other again.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 14:2-4 ESV)
We talked about how Jesus said that there were many rooms in His Father’s house and how when we believed in Jesus, He would be preparing a place for us. In my child’s mind, a light came on and he could imagine how his great grandfather would be living in the heavenly house that Jesus prepared for him. He also started to realize that one day a place could be prepared for him as well.
Lord, help us to always see faith opportunities in our dealings with others, especially children. For its children who have the “childlike” faith that you are looking for in your followers.