3 Truths for Parents with School Age Kids

This week has been highly emotional. May 24th will forever be a date that 19 parents have to relive the loss of their innocent children. 

How do we deal?

How do we move on, knowing that our babies are in danger at school?

How do we deal with the anxiety of continuing to work our jobs knowing the risk, knowing that we could maybe stay home and teach them ourselves?

The knee jerk reaction is to pull them out or send them armed with bullet proof back packs (not gonna lie I googled them after a post in our Facebook group), but will these even help?

God revealed something to me this week. After the shooting I was not filled with fear. I was immensely emotional for the families and I cried ALOT that day, but I was not overcome with fear or anxiety for my own children.

Why is that?

After much prayer and reading scripture I’ve come up with 3 truths that I hold deep in my heart that has helped me be at peace about my children being at school. 

#1 Faith in Prayer

Hebrews 11 and 12 gives us a beautiful picture of Faith. As you read, the author mentions multiple people through out scripture who lived “by faith.”

Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah. These are our faith mentors to read about and learn from. 

Hebrews 11:1-3 defines it “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

Assurance- Greek hypostasis, also translated “confidence”

I am confident in the goodness of God. I hope and pray for a long life for my children. God’s definition of long may be different than mine, but I know without a doubt God will protect my children. After this shooting, my kids and I now pray everyday on the way to school. I pray a hedge of protection over them, I pray for safety and I pray for them to return home to me. 

My Faith in prayer gives me peace

#2 Forgiveness instead of Fear

The obvious person to talk about here is Jesus, but I am actually going to Genesis for this one. 

Genesis 50:18-21 “His brothers also came and fell down before him and said “Behold, we are your servants.” but Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones. Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”

 Joseph’s brother were so jealous of him! They were annoyed by his “visions” and they decided he needed to go. They threw him into a pit and left him for dead. 

Fast forward and here we are at the end of Genesis watching Joseph forgive. This is not our culture’s natural response to evil. The natural response would be to repay evil with evil. To punish his brothers and make them pay. That is not what Joseph did. Joseph had immense faith and a gift of forgiveness. He knew that God’s ultimate goal was to save more people. God overrules human sin for His glory.

I find it important to mention that Joseph didn’t forgive them the next day or the next week. If I had to bet it was a long process to get where he was. His experiences with the Egyptians and his relationship with His Heavenly Father allowed him the ability to forgive. 

As a country we will struggle to forgive this evil doer. Those children’s parents will deal with immense grief and unforgiveness, but with God healing can happen. 

I will forgive evil and not fear it.

#3 Future Generations will be saved

Throughout the Bible when unexplainable evil happened we are able to see how God worked it together for good. This is the foundation of our faith in His goodness. How we have confidence He’ll do it again. 

A New Testament example is Judas; he was a traitor

Mark 14:21 “For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would have been better for that man if he has bot been born.”

Judas is responsible for his evil deeds, but God is sovereign and despite this human act, everyone has a chance for salvation. Judas set in motion our Savior’s crucifixion. While that is a difficult pill to swallow, it is our rescue story.

I am no special human that can miraculously be ok with bad things happening around me. God has placed in my heart a yearning for scripture and my obedience to that has helped me handle unbelievable tragedy. He has guided me through healing and forgiveness. 

I believe future generations will be saved from this evil act.

Pray with me

Lord Jesus, 

This week has truly broken my heart. I have cried so many tears for complete strangers. It is so easy to let our flesh rise up and make this situation about ourselves, but it’s not. It is evil and that is all. I pray for each victim’s family. I pray for peace and understanding that can only be given by you. I pray for your goodness to shine. I pray you receive glory. I pray our future generations will be protected by what is learned from this devastation. Lord, I pray for the reader who is scared and who fears the future of their children. I pray this blog will ignite a yearning for scripture. I pray we will rise up and show the world what it looks like to respond correctly to evil. I pray that you will start a fire in the right person’s heart that can indeed bring about change. Lord, thank you for keeping my kids safe and I pray for continued safety. It’s in your precious and holy name,

Amen