Most of you know my wife and I recently had a miscarriage. We have experienced a great deal of pain as we mourn the loss of our little one. In the midst of this pain we also have found peace as we look towards the promises of God in Scripture and know that the hope of heaven is certain and we will one day see our child there. Last night God brought to my mind a sermon by J.C. Ryle called "No More Crying." He wrote this sermon especially for children who go through suffering with his main text being Rev. 21:4 which says, "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain."
These were his three main points:
I. There is a place where there is a great deal of crying. (The world in which we live) II. There is a place where there is nothing but crying. (Hell) III. There is a place where there is no crying at all. (Heaven)
These three points are very helpful in sharing the gospel with children (as well as adults) in light of the pain and crying we experience in this world. I would greatly recommend reading the sermon in its entirety. You can find it (along with other addresses to children) in J.C. Ryle's book called, "The Two Bears" published by Grace and Truth Books. Order it here.