As headlines, graphic images and special reports flooded the airwaves today my kids couldn’t help but catch wind of tragedy. Of pain. Of loss. Of hate and anger.
“Mom, why are so many bad things happening?”
Ugh! How to explain a fallen world to innocent, soft confused hearts?
“I don’t know baby. God tells us we live in a fallen world where bad things sometimes happen.”
“What do we do?” Anxious words from a tiny heart that wants to help. To DO something. Don’t we all?
“We pray. We can pray for protection and pray for all the people who are sad and angry and hurting.”
“What do we do if something bad happens here?” Oh, to wrap them in bubble wrap and bolt our doors. But no.
“We look for God. ”
“But we can’t see him. What if we’re still scared?”
“He’s promised to always be with us. We look for Him in the people we see. Look for the helpers He’s sent. Whenever there’s something bad, look for the people helping. Sometimes they’re a police officer or fireman, sometimes they’re a man in a suit, a man covered in tattoos, or a teenager with baggy pants. Sometimes they’re black, white, brown or yellow. They help people out of fires, pull people out of car accidents, help fix their injuries, carry babies to safety, hold people that are crying, pray with people who are scared. But they’re there.”
“Does God send helpers everywhere?!”
“Oh yes!! He sent us too! Remember? We’re strong and brave because God is with us and loves us! And we love everyone as much as we love ourselves so we will help if we need to!”
“I’m a helper?! God’s helper?!”
“Yes! We are! And there are lots of us. Just remember to look for them, and be one!”
“Because we can do all things with Christ who gives us strength….right?”
2 Corinthians 13:11
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peacewill be with you.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”