In Difficult Times: Resources, Prayers, and Help For Families
In our current political and social climate, we are faced with what seems like an unending parade of tragedies, disasters and hate-fueled traumas. As Church we are called to respond. And our children, who are part of the Church, are encouraged to have a place in these challenging conversations. Engaging their questions and supporting their desire to respond in age-appropriate ways teaches them how to walk in the world as the Body of Christ.
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Resources and information for parents, teens, and families:
- Talking to Kids About Current Events, from On Our Sleeves
- Center for Parent & Teen Communication, from CHOP
- Worried about your teenager's mental health?
- Resources for after a tragedy or disaster from FORMA, a ministry of The Episcopal Church
- How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things, from NPR
- Building Resiliency: Helping Children Learn to Weather Tough Times, from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
- Helping Kids When They Worry, from KidsHealth (Nemours Children's Hospital)
- Death and Grief (for Teens), from KidsHealth (Nemours Children's Hospital)
- Talking to Parents About Depression (for teens), from KidsHealth (Nemours Children's Hospital)
- Gun Violence Resources from the Society of Pediatric Nurses
- "Gun violence is a citywide emergency", an opinion piece from The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Bishops Against Gun Violence, a ministry of over 100 Episcopal Bishops
- How to talk to children about gun violence, from The Boston Globe
- May 25 LIFT at Home Special Edition: Responding to Gun Violence
Prayers for troubled times
Prayer is one way we can help ourselves and our loved ones navigate times of tragedy. Prayer is a way of communicating with God and allowing God to hear our concerns and joys. Below are some prayers and resources for children and families that will facilitate conversation with God and with one another:
The Breath Prayer, an ancient spiritual practice, is something we can do to re-center ourselves and invite the Holy One into our lives. Because God is closer to us than our own breath, the Breath Prayer is a loving reminder that God does not abandon us. For more information, follow this link: Breath Prayer: An Ancient Spiritual Practice Connected with Science.
A Prayer for People Harmed by Gun Violence
Wisdom is better than weapons of war. - Ecclesiastes 9:18
Loving Lord, Source of all healing, you weep when love gives way to hatred, and our souls, once again, weep for those harmed by gun violence; where weapons replace prayers, where peace is overcome with anger, may our hearts grow bold, and may our communities be transformed by our actions and our voices, working through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen. (from Common Prayer for Children and Families)
A Prayer for the Nation
God of all people and nations, help us to work together for peace and harmony. Help the leaders of our country remember that we are all created in your image, and that in working together we can accomplish so much more. For it is in the combining of our efforts for the good of all humanity that we can all be truly free. Amen. (from Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)