A CHILD'S LIFE OF JESUS

The WIDOW'S SON
There was a woman with a husband and just
one son.  They lived happily together in the
town of Nain.

One day her husband got very sick.  He
stayed sick a long time.  She tried
everything she could to help him get well.  
The doctors did too.

But finally her husband died and went to
heaven.  His wife was now a widow.  And his
son was now an orphan.  They were very sad
he was gone.

She had a funeral for her husband.  People
cried.  They were very sad for the new
widow.  She would have a hard time
supporting herself and her son.  But she did
okay.

Life was hard for the widow and her son,
mostly because they missed their husband
and father very much.  They had loved him
very much and still did.

Then one day her son got very sick.  He
stayed sick a long time.  She tried
everything she could to help him get well.  
The doctors did too.

But finally her son died and went to heaven
too.  Now his mother was left alone in the
world.  She didn't think she could be strong
in her sadness.

She planned a funeral for her son.  People
cried.  His young school friends cried. His
mother cried.  He was so young and they
missed him so much.

Jesus had been in the town of Nain
preaching.  Now he was ready to leave.  He
decided to leave out the same gate that the
funeral procession was going through.

On the widow's way to bury her son out of
town, Jesus met up with them.  Jesus could
read minds, just like God can.  He knew the
boy was the only son of the widow.

When Jesus saw the widow, his heart was
sad and he said, "Please don't cry."  Then
he went over to where her son was lying and
talked to him even though he had died.

"Young man, get up now," Jesus said to her
son.  So the boy did!  He actually sat up and
greeted everyone at his own funeral!  He
went over and hugged his surprised mother!

This was amazing!  God can bring people back
to life again.  Jesus proved it that day.  
God can bring people back to life after they
die to live with him in heaven if they like
being around God.

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God doesn't force us to like him.  God
doesn't force us to like being around him and
worship him.  But if you love God, he will be
happy to share his home in heaven with you.  
And that's a promise!