We've all had to answer that question this week, haven't we?
In our home, we are honest with our kids. Evil is horrible, and they have seen me cry over it. We have prayed together, and we have had many hard discussions.
That said, we also do not allow the news to color their minds with all kinds of scary images, and with the world's perspective. They do not know the shooter's name, but they do know about Victoria.
I'd rather them not know about any of this scary stuff, to be honest. But this life is full of it. We don't dare pretend that it isn't. We call evil evil, and then we point them to Him who has overcome.
Sometimes we point with tears, and hands that shake, but still, we point.
And He comforts and upholds us, as He has promised.
From Russel D. Moore...
Too many of our Bible study and discipleship materials (whether for Baptist Vacation Bible School or Roman Catholic confirmation preparation or what have you) de-claw the Bible. They excise all the snakes and dragons and wildness. In so doing, they reduce the Bible to a set of ethical guidelines and a text on how gentle and kind Jesus is.
The problem is, our kids know there are monsters out there. God put that awareness in them. They're looking for a sheep-herding dragon-slayer, for the One who can put all the wild things under his feet. Until we can address, with gospel honesty, what scares our children—and ourselves—we can never get to the joyous wild rumpus of gospel freedom.
Read the entire article here
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How do you handle the "scary stuff" in your home?
I'd love to hear how you handle these things with your children.