It’s March 19, 2020. We’re supposed to be in the middle of March Madness, prepping our elementary school kids for spring class trips, prepping high school kids for band trips and seniors for prom, prepping college seniors for adulting, and filing taxes.
Instead, Americans find themselves joining the rest of the world in a lockdown to combat COVID-19. Nationally, authorities rolled out social distancing measures, schools and businesses closed, and many companies declared working from home necessary.
The never-ending stream of stories on our social media feeds surrounds us 24/7 with information on a global pandemic. Even if we choose to ‘cut the cord’ by disconnecting with most media, there’s constant witness to empty store shelves, stockpiling, profiteering, and general panic. The pandemic has infiltrated our collective consciousnesses.
An alternative message
That’s before you get to the isolation that comes with ‘social distancing’. The reality is that we are social beings. Anxiety comes with the insecurity, and fear, with panic. Unfortunately, both are contagious.
As kids watch their parents, they mirror what they see. Keys For Kids Executive Director Greg Yoder says, “There are a lot of kids and even parents today that are dealing with those fears and anxieties. The question is, how do we handle that?” He considers briefly before adding, “I think it’s healthy to let our kids know that we’re struggling too and this is why we need Jesus because we don’t have all the answers.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that as kids face fear, they will also know God is in control.
- Pray that in this storm of life, parents will grow closer to God.
- Pray that the body of Christ shines brilliantly through this crisis.