The new and rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreak has left families with far more questions than answers. As developments unfold hour by hour, it’s important to take a deep breath and remember that the Lord continues to hold dominion over every aspect of creation. Psalm 33:11 says, “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.”
As I met with the Focus on the Family team this morning, I shared that the Lord’s words, “Do not be afraid,” have been at the forefront of my mind during prayer. Fear is a tool of the enemy. Although we should be prudent in our precautions to protect our families, panic has no place in the life of a believer.
I’m reminded of the members of the early Christian Church, many of whom ran into dangerous situations to help the sick just as the rest of the world was running out. Rather than be ruled by fear, they rested secure in the knowledge that they were eternally secure in the hands of their heavenly father.
You may have questions on how to help your children process frightening news. Focus on the Family would like to help.
My colleague Danny Huerta, who is a licensed clinical social worker, has offered a few pieces of advice for talking to your children about tragic news.
1) Minimize young children’s exposure to news. 2) Look at events through your child’s eyes. Every child processes information differently, and some are more prone to anxiety than others. 3) Listen to your kids and let them ask questions. 4) Pray together and reassure them with Scripture. Remind your children of Psalm 27:1, Psalm 56:3, Psalm 91:1-2, and Isaiah 26:3-4.
For more advice on how to talk to children of various ages, please read more here.