When the horrific images of September 11, 2001, flashed across our televisions, the emotions in households across the nation plunged into a traumatic mix of shock, anger, sorrow, and fear. One of those was the Dean home, where nine-year-old Erik watched television reports with wide eyes. Soon the questions began to spill out: “Mom, did people die in those buildings? Why would someone do that? Would they come here?”
The dangers of this age threaten to introduce worry and anxiety into every family. That’s why Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life.… Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:22, 25–26). You bring stability to your family when you cast your burdens on the One who can bear all our burdens (Psalm 68:19).
There is another reason to cast your anxieties on Him. As parents, you set the tone for the attitude of your children in times of crisis. We advise you to shelter them to some degree. Answer their questions about world events, but reserve details for older kids. Teach your children basic safety precautions, reassure them of how committed you are to their protection and well-being, and remind them that God is in control of all our lives. When we shield our kids from the dangers of the world, we allow them to sleep with smiling faces and calm hearts.
Before you say good night…
Do your children know that God is in control of your lives?
What can you say and do to reassure your kids during times of crisis?
Father, show us how to respond wisely to a fallen and often violent world. Our children need to know that You are always their source of comfort and strength. Grant us freedom from worry as we cast our burdens on You. Amen.