The worsening outbreak of COVID-19 has left many scared about what an uncertain future may hold. For many, especially children, it can be a frightening time.
But for those of us who are Christian parents, let’s remember that our children are watching how we respond. We have an opportunity to help our kids learn to practice their faith in the midst of fear. And sometimes, our kids have something to teach us.
One adorable video in particular has warmed the hearts of many across the nation.
When seven-year-old Brandon from Minnesota got scared because of the spreading disease, his six-year-old sister, Cameron, grabbed his hand and comforted him by teaching him 2 Timothy 1:7.
Brandon, who has crippling anxiety because of autism, repeated after her, “But God did not give me a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.”
The whole family exclaimed “amen,” as the pair hugged.
In an interview with Fox News, Brandon and Cameron’s mom said, “We are a family of faith. We just believe in faith and we believe in Jesus, and we’re not afraid to say it.”
To that I’ll add my hearty, “Amen!”
Isaiah 41:10 reminds us to not succumb to dread:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
During this outbreak, let’s remember to teach our kids the faith, and help them learn Scripture. Remind them not to give in to fear, and that God’s love is stronger than any threat we’re facing, including our current pandemic.
Is there something you are doing to help your children trust in the Lord during this trying time? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.