Bedtime theology with my daughter

I am getting practice in ‘bedtime theology’ these days. As I was tucking my daughter into bed tonight we had the following talk about whether or not God cries. Any thoughts for explaining God’s suffering to a four year old?

Hannah: Daddy, does God cry?

Me: Well, Hannah, I know that when God’s Son was on earth he cried because one of his best friends, Lazarus, died. Then, he raised him from the dead.

Hannah: But does God cry now. Not just when he’s sad, but when he’s really happy too. You know, joyful cries.

Me: That’s a great question. I can’t say for sure, but I know this: the same Jesus who cried joyful tears and sad tears  is now in heaven with God the Father.

Hannah: Who else is in heaven with God?

Me: Well, for starters, God the Father, his Son Jesus, and there is a whole bunch of angels who worship Jesus day and night.

Hannah: Do angels ever sleep?

Me: Definitely not, but you need to…now. Goodnight.

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