“Here on earth there will be many trials & sorrows…” John 16:33a
Truth filled verse a few days after one of the most horrific acts in our countries history. The last few days we have been bombarded with media coverage of this event, stories from what happened, eye witnesses, no answers, no reasons, nothing to really satisfy our urge to know why someone would do something so hanus… and yet here we are.
As parents, how do you help your kids understand what happened and help them make some sort of sense of it all? We have politicians getting on their soap boxes about preventing these tragedies in the future like they are “The Avengers” somehow. We have people at each other’s throats about their stance on gun control & people defriending people on social media outlets because they post their opinion on their own page. All of these conversations, coverages & opinions are swirling around our kids.
Jesus told his disciples that there will be some hard times here on earth, this is to be expected. This world full of sin & evil because of man’s lust for power & ultimate authority. We live with those consequences of sin & we will try to fix the problem and call it something OTHER than what it really is.
What I need to keep telling myself as my heart breaks for these families going through this tragedy is the last part of that verse. What parents who trust in Christ alone as their Savior need to keep telling their kids during times as tumultuous as these is the last part of John 16:33.
“But take heart, because I have overcome the world!”
Jesus calms his disciples down, he lets them know that HE wins. Through JESUS there is redemption, there is peace, there is mercy, there is love! TAKE HEART, have courage, stand firm… because you are not alone through the uncertainty of life. JESUS is there through it all.
Our kids need to hear that, they need to know that deep down in their soul, they need to lean on that in the tough times & we as parents need to model that for them!
What happened in Connecticut is tragic & our prayers go out to this community and the people involved… my message to them is this:
TAKE HEART… Jesus is right there with you