Below is a posting provided by Calvary’s Pastor of Family Ministries, John King:
This past Friday our country watched in horror as events unfolded in front of our eyes from Newtown, Connecticut. As a parent, I longed to hold my kids, my heart heavy with grief for those like me who were going through what no parent should ever go through. Shock, disbelief, questions of why and how flooded my mind and a tinge of anxiety about dropping my kids off at school crept into my mind.
No doubt you felt the same; suffering and tragedy tend to unite people. We feel a commonality, a bond in our humanity and frailty. We realize that life is just an instant and the control we maintain, while reassuring at some level, is not really control at all. So what do we do? How do we respond in tragedy? We look to Jesus, the one we celebrate in this season, who came and lived and died so that we may have hope in the midst of evil. The cross stands as the response to those who wonder about the love of God, it can give joy when our happiness is shattered. It reminds us that this is not the way it should be, and not the way it will be.
Following are some recommended links to help us process through this time. Our Family Ministries staff is available to you as well, should you have need of us.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13
how do we respond?:
how to talk to your kids about tragedy:
how to talk to your middle school students:
what to do now:
In an ongoing way, engage your kids with truth, it is what brings hope when presented with circumstances like these. It is vital that our conversation not begin in the middle of tragedy, but well before and through and after. For some tools on engaging your kids see the links below.