God Who Comforts the Downcast
The horror that has played out with the shootings in our community yesterday has shaken us all. We need to individually and collectively cry out to our God of all comfort, strength, hope and peace. Already stories are pouring in about how Christ-followers have been strategically placed by him alongside a grieving friend and colleague, as first responders to the scene, coordinating logistics for the emergency response, in the emergency room helping shooting victims, on rounds with a nurse in the hospital, in the neighborhood of the suspects, and the list goes on and on. We are called to be ambassadors of Christ, reconciling the world to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20). Following Paul’s charge, he tells us that we should not receive the grace of our Lord in vain. In other words, we are called to bring that grace to others.
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Discussing a Tragedy with Your Children
When children find out about tragedy, they want to know how it affects them and their families. Parental guidance and input is crucial. You know your own children best.
To respect your role as a parent, TLC will not be discussing a tragedy with the children. I will be glad to sit down with you and your child if you would like help in discussing any tragedy with your child.
As a parent, you may be wondering how to talk with your child about this tragedy if they hear about it or you decide to discuss it with them. Here are some strategies to help bolster your child’s sense of security and counterbalance negative emotions.
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Making Sense of Community
So, yesterday was a hard day around here. Wednesday was hard, but yesterday was difficult in different ways. At what point does violence affect you personally? Does it affect you when you hear about it across the world? In your country? In your state? In the next city over? In your own town? In your neighborhood? When it affects a public figure, or an acquaintance, or a friend, or a relative? At what point does it become personal?
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