Reading: Luke 8: 49-56
While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Dear God, thank you for today and all the days ahead. Thank you for carefully planning out each day, mapping out where we would go and what we would do. Thank you for food and clean water, even when others don’t have what we do. Help us to remember to be generous and show others your love, even if we don’t have a lot, help us to give. He’s the one who made us. He has the blueprints of our lives and bodies. The flowers don’t worry and neither do the birds, so we shouldn’t either. God’s got us in his hands, so don’t worry. He loves you and will never stop loving you. Amen.
-prayer by Hannah Deelstra, 11 years old