A 12-year-old girl lay in her bed, growing sicker and sicker. Her parents watched helplessly. They could do nothing to save her.
Then they remembered amazing stories they had heard about a man living among them named Jesus. People said He could heal the sick and make blind people see. Maybe He could save their daughter’s life!
The girl’s father, Jairus, ran to find Jesus. He begged Jesus to heal his daughter. Then a messenger came with terrible news. It was too late. The girl had already died. “Be not afraid,” Jesus said to Jairus, “only believe” (Mark 5:36).
When Jesus and Jairus arrived at Jairus’s house, they went into the room where the girl was lying. Jesus took the girl by the hand and told her to arise. When she stood up, her parents were amazed. Jesus had brought their daughter back to life!
That day Jesus showed how much He cared for the girl and her family by ministering to them. Jesus shows how much He cares for us in many wonderful and amazing ways:
He helped create the beautiful world and all its creatures.
He volunteered to come to earth to be our Savior, even though He knew it would be very hard.
He spent His life on earth blessing, healing, and teaching others.
He lived a perfect life.
He willingly suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross so we can be resurrected and return to heaven.
Song and Scripture
“I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns, no. 193)
Ideas for Family Talk
Together you could read the story of Jairus’s daughter (see Luke 8:41–42, 49–56). Then you could hold up the picture of the Savior on the next page and invite family members to tell how they feel about some of the wonderful and amazing ways He shows His love for us. Family members could also take turns reading one of the verses of “I Stand All Amazed.” After each verse, invite the family to join in singing the chorus. Then discuss or draw pictures of ways your family can show love for the Savior.