Do you ever think about dying?
And my thoughts are quiet, sad,
Once a tiny bird flew straight at our window
and it hit the glass with a thud.
It fell to the ground, fluttered, then lay still.
I started to cry. I ran outside and picked it up.
I wanted to help it fly again. But the bird lay
still in my hand. I yelled for Mom.
Mom looked sad too. "The bird is dead,"
she said. "We have to bury it in the ground."
"No! No!" I yelled. "I want to keep it
in my room. Maybe it will live again."
"That won't happen," Mom said quietly.
Mom and I buried the bird in our garden.
A small feather clung to my finger.
I put in my pocket.
Later, I sat holding the feather and thought
long, scary questions about death.
How long does being dead
Does God want people
Will my mom still be
my mom in heaven?
Will I die some day?
Will I see the bird in
Why did I have to
put the bird in the
What will happen
Will I die someday?
Will I see the bird in
Why do birds and
animals and people die?
How could I go to
heaven if my body is in
Does it hurt to die?
My mom came and sat beside me.
"It's all right to cry," she said.
Then we talked about my questions.
Mom began by telling me the story
of God making the world.
The world was beautiful then
-perfect-with trees, flowers,
even little birds.
God made a man and a woman
and He let them live in that
"You may have everything here
except one tree," God said. "If
you eat fruit from that tree you
At first the man and woman
but they became more and more
curious. Maybe God did not really
mean what He said, they thought.
So one day they ate fruit from
Ever since that time, every man, woman, plant,
or animal that lives eventually dies.
But God does not want His people to be dead
-Romans 5:12-21; 8:18-23
So Jesus came to make up for the wrong the
first man and woman had done. Jesus lived.
But He was different from any other man who
lived. Jesus never disobeyed God. Then Jesus
died. But His death was different too.
JESUS CAME BACK TO LIFE!
-Acts 2:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:21
When an animal dies, its body stops moving.
It can't see or hear or feel anything anymore.
It can't breathe. Its heart doesn't beat.
In a few days it will begin to soften and smell
bad. The body slowly turns back into soil.
When a person dies, the same thing happens
to his or her body.
That's why we bury it in a cemetery.
We feel sad and sometimes we cry
because we feel lonely without that person
But a person is more than a body.
Inside is the "really me," the part that thinks
and feels and loves and makes me different
from any other person in the world.
It is called the soul.
As soon as one of God's people dies,
the soul goes to heaven to be with Jesus.
And Jesus has made his or her place in heaven
exactly what that person likes best.
-Luke 16:19-31; Philippians 1:21-23