This week’s disaster in Japan has brought grief, tragedy and death into our homes. If you have children they are discussing this disaster at school and among themselves and you as a parent need to enter that conversation. I remember the tragedy of the Oklahoma City bombings (where I grew up), 9/11, the Katrina hurricane, last year’s earthquake in Haiti and the questions that those world events brought to our dinner table and bed time routine when my children were younger. As they’ve grown to be young adults these events will impact our conversations in the coming days. In the midst of our own emotions we are modeling how to cope, think and respond to our children, no matter what their age or stage of life.
Take a moment to read the following article from LifeWay. It has some great reminders for parents. Little eyes and ears are watching and listening to you. Be intentional about your parenting during this disaster.
From time to time I read a blog by a children’s pastor in Canada, Henry Zonio. He recently started a parenting blog that has peaked my interest. He addresses the age-old question “why did this bad thing happen” in his recent post.
I think we get so caught up sometimes in trying to explain why bad things happen. We forget that question is more of a distraction sometimes. The real question is, “How can we help God’s Kingdom come in the midst of pain and disaster and darkness?” We need to empower kids to take a look at the world around them and all that is broken around them and ask, “God, how can I be light? How can I be a part of your story of redemption in this situation? How can I love you and love others in this?”
Those are two great question to ask ourselves and our children this week. How can I love God and love the people of Japan during this? And while you’re at it, love on your kids too.