“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you’ I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
This year has been a year of constant change. We have seen a rise in childhood anxiety and depression. It is hard to watch our children suffer but as adults, we can help. Here are some tips from Lutheran Hour speaker Wallace Shulz.
First of all, always assure your children of your unchanging love. No matter what they do you still love them. You may not always approve of their actions and out of love you may have to discipline them. But in all of this, your children need to know you love them.
Second, constantly remind your children that God loves them, also. Explain that they, too, can see the evidence of God's love by looking at the cross of Calvary where Jesus was crucified. Tell them again and again how God the Father sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross to pay for all of their mistakes and all of their failures.
Third, assure your loved ones that God sends a guardian angel to watch over them. The Bible tells us that God provides His children with "ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation" (Hebrews 1:14b).
Finally, teach your children a simple prayer they can pray every day; a prayer reminding them they need not fear. I would suggest you teach your children Luther's morning prayer as a daily reminder of God's presence. The prayer goes like this:
"In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I thank You, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen."
As God's children, young or old, let us remember to call on Him who is always there for us.
Peace be with you this week,
Michelle Gerlach, Family life coordinator