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5/11/2017 9:00:00 AM
GOOD NEWS FOR KIDS
A VIDEOCHAT WITH JESUS
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Jesus, help me keep in touch with people who have to leave, and always keep in touch with you. Amen!


"Don't let your hearts be troubled," Jesus told the Apostles before He died. "Believe in God and in me. In my Father's house, there are many rooms; I'm going ahead to prepare a place for you. I'll come again and take you with me -- and you know the way there." Thomas protested, "How could we know the way?" Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. If you know me, you know God the Father, too."

Watching someone leave can be hard. If you had a great visit with your cousins, you don't want them to go home. If your parents are having a "date night," you might be upset because it sounds like fun, but you're not allowed to go.

If watching someone leave makes you cry, even though you'll see them again, imagine how the Apostles felt in this week's Gospel (John 14:1-12)! They knew Jesus was going back to heaven, so they wouldn't see Him anymore.

When you're sad that someone's leaving, people will remind you that you can Facetime with cousins or text your parents, and that it won't be long until you see each other again.

Jesus reminded the Apostles that He wasn't abandoning them, either. Even though it wouldn't be the same as having Him right there, He was going to save them a place in heaven. They'd see Him there someday, when it was their turn to go.

Jesus also talked about Facetiming God. Like you videochat or text, the Apostles could pray to Jesus anytime, and He'd be listening. God the Father would be, too.

When you're upset about someone leaving, you might yell, "I don't understand," to all the explanations. You're sad; you don't want to hear it! The Apostles tried that with Jesus, saying they didn't know how to get to heaven. Jesus reminded them that of course they did. He'd taught them all about it!

Leaving is hard. Keeping in touch is important. You can handle it. Let go when you have to, and always remember to chat with people -- and with Jesus!





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