He Sat Down and Helped Him Cry

11th Sunday after Pentecost
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 17
for Sunday, August 28, 2011
lectionary focus: Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Good morning! Today I have a story. Once upon time there was a little boy named Miles. Miles had a toy that he really liked to play with. One day my friend Zachary went over to Mile’s house to play. As they got into their game and built all sorts of towers and hiding places, well, Mile’s toy got broken. It wasn’t really anyone’s fault; neither boy meant to break it; it just fell and broke into a million pieces. Miles began to cry a million tears. Zach wanted to fix it, but a million pieces is impossible to get back together. So Zach did the next the best thing to fix this situation. Zach sat down with Miles and helped him cry.

In our Bible story today, we are given suggestions on how to help our neighbors. We are told to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15) When our neighbors or friends are happy, we should celebrate with them. We should laugh and smile and give big, heavy sighs of joy. This makes the happiness bigger and better. But when our neighbors or friends are sad, and there is no way to fix their sadness, then we can be sad with them. Sometimes sad things happen and the only way to respond is to cry. Jesus even tells the disciples that you can’t push away sadness. The disciple Peter wants to pretend there is nothing to worry about; Jesus tells him No, (and this sounds weird) that to have happiness, we must live also with sadness. (Matthew 16:23-24) But sharing our sadness makes it smaller and better, too.

Happiness is great. But sharing happiness is easy. When sadness comes, and it does come, sharing sadness with our friends can be hard. But weeping with those who weep makes the sadness less painful for everyone. I hope that you will remember this when you have a friend who is sad and that you will be like Zach and help them cry.

Will you pray with me?
(This is an Echo Prayer; the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)

Dear Lord,

Thank You for being with us in happy times.

Thank You for being with us in sad times.

Help me to cheer with those who are happy

and to cry with those who are sad.


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2 responses to “He Sat Down and Helped Him Cry

  1. First Presbyterian Church

    Thank you for this story and application. It is well done.

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