Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me (NIV) Psalm 23:4
We are afraid of so many things today. No matter how much we try to shelter our children from the realities of Covid and the news today, they know what is going on. Fear, anxiety, and depression have been reported by people of all ages at tremendous rates. We can tell our kids not to be afraid and even point them to Bible passages where God tells his people to not be afraid. But sometimes we need to do more to come alongside our children as they experience fear and ask questions about what is going on in the world around them.
Address their fear head on. Talk to your kids about what is going on in the world around them. Let them know that even though things can be scary, you are there to listen to them and to explain things to them. Let them ask their honest questions and look for answers together. And confess to them some of your fears as well. Just knowing that you are afraid sometimes may help them realize that fear is a normal part of life.
Fear—and the things that cause it—aren’t going anywhere. But neither are God and his promises to us. Faith in God and in his promises to us can help us overcome fear. Relying on those promises together as a family is more important now than ever.
Want to do a deep dive? Check out Family Fire's article Standing Firm in Faith: Facing Fear