How do we respond at a difficult time?
The heart of the city of Toronto is heavy this week, and this of course includes the hearts of all of us here at SJYM. As the residents of our beautiful, peaceful city reel with shock and sorrow over the tragic events of Yonge and Finch on Monday, this is the moment when the church is called to shine its light of love out of our doors – offering comfort to everyone out there who seeks it.
Unanswered questions abound – not the least of which might be “how do I explain this tragedy to my children?” There are no easy answers for any of us, grown-ups or little ones, but here are a few guidelines I have found that might help facilitate gentle and thoughtful discussion with your kids about this very difficult issue, if you haven’t already discussed it with them:
Mr. Rogers (the world’s most famous Presbyterian minister) said this about sad news:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’. To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
This Sunday in Children’s Ministry at St. John’s
This week in Children’s Ministry we’ll be talking about how God helps us when sad things happen, and how we can be a help to each other in His name. But we’ll still be having a delicious snack so it won’t be too sad in there!
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit” – Psalm 34:18
See you Sunday,
Children’s Ministry Leader