Matt and Mandy

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

Matt: Mom, my throat hurts really bad!

Mom: I know, dear. I’m sorry. It will get better.

Matt: You don’t know! Nobody knows how bad it hurts!

Mom: Well, that’s not quite true. Jesus knows because when He suffered for our sins, He also suffered our pain and sorrow.

Matt: Every bit of it?

Mom: Every bit.

Matt: For everybody?

Mom: For every single person who ever lived or ever will live in the whole world.

Matt: How?

Mom: I don’t know all the hows. But I know that He did it because He loves us, and that His love is stronger than pain or even death.

Matt: I can’t love that big, but I love Him too.

Mom: So do I.