What Will Children Remember about COVID-19?

Do you remember where you were when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001?

If you are over 60 you may even remember where you were when you heard that President John F. Kennedy was shot.

This COVID-19 pandemic will be one of those times that stand out in our memory. Do you wonder what children will remember? Perhaps they are experiencing the same kinds of feelings that many adults have.

  • Fear – not knowing what the future holds, wondering what is the best step to take next.
  • Sadness – hearing that someone you know is in the hospital or has died, missing time with friends and
    extended family.
  • Anger – knowing that someone brought this disease to our country, looking for someone to blame.

What is the best thing we can do for our children and grandchildren today in this trying time and any time? Point them to Jesus the Risen Lord!

Here are some practical ways to do that:

  • Tell them about a hard time in your life when God intervened and either changed the circumstances or changed you.
  • Let them know that every trial has a beginning, a middle, and an end, even though it seems like it will go on forever.
  • Sing! Especially sing God’s Words in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
  • Be grateful for the small things we usually are in too much of a hurry to even notice. Make a list.
  • Look for “God Sightings” together. Ask them how they saw God at work today in their life or someone else’s.

Will children remember that our “walk” through this trial matched our “talk”? Let’s teach them through our example that they can trust the Lord, because He is trustworthy. His promises stand.

Point them to Jesus the Risen Lord!

May we… “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

(Contributed by: Martha Clouse GNC Coordinator, Williamsburg)

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