When Tragedy Strikes Children

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How do we preach, teach, and provide care when the tragedy involves children?

  1. How to Help Children After a Crisis

    Articles How to Help Children After a Crisis

    In times of crisis, more than anything else, children need our love. They need to know they are loved, not with a showering of gifts but in a physical way. Hug them. Hold them…

  2. In the Arms of Love

    Blog In the Arms of Love

    While in Central America earlier this year, I visited the Mayan ruins at Tazumal, El Salvador. Tazumal is one of the best preserved ruins in that country, and I learned from my…

  3. Funeral Prayers for Special Circumstances

    Articles Funeral Prayers for Special Circumstances

    The Death Of A Child We had so many hopes, so many fears, there has been so much joy, so much sorrow, and now all our words seem empty. What we want we cannot have; and…

  4. Sermon for When a Child Dies

    Articles Sermon for When a Child Dies

    Death comes unexpectedly to a member of your community—an accident, a suicide, or an illness. Family and friends need to sense God's compassion in the midst of their grief…

  5. FUNERAL, CHILD'S.

    library FUNERAL, CHILD'S.

    FUNERAL, CHILD'S. The death of a child, whether suddenly or after prolonged illness, is an unanticipated and devastating loss. Inevitably, questions of theodicy arise, such as…

  6. 4--No Easy Words Of Comfort

    library 4--No Easy Words Of Comfort

    4--No Easy Words Of Comfort FOR A SIX-YEAR-OLD CHILD STRUCK BY A CAR David A. MacLennan Matthew 18:10 (RSV) Jesus said, "See that you do not despise one of these little…

  7. Answering Tough Questions: Tragedy and the Justice of God

    Articles Answering Tough Questions: Tragedy and the Justice of God

    When confronted with the reality of pain and suffering in the world Christians—priests, pastors and theologians included—have a tendency to launch into a search for…

  8. When We Can Only Ask 'Why?'

    Articles When We Can Only Ask 'Why?'

    The images of devastation coming to us from Japan raise once again the question of why. Why would a just and loving God allow–or worse yet, cause–such human suffering? …

  9. The God Who Comforts

    Articles The God Who Comforts

    I was a young, wet-behind-the-ear pastor just a few years out of theological school. I had been appointed to serve in an isolated rural community tucked away in a pristine river…

  10. Helping Your Child Cope with Grief

    Articles Helping Your Child Cope with Grief

    Children react in dramatic and intensely painful ways to the death of a loved one, yet they may show their grief only intermittently. One reason for this is that children do not…

  11. Helping Children Cope with Violence

    Articles Helping Children Cope with Violence

    Because we live in a broadcast news society, children you know will be hearing this story over and over and over again for the next few days. How can you help the children in your …

  12. Your Child and Violence

    Articles Your Child and Violence

    The tragic events in schools across the coun­try where violence has erupted have left both children and adults with feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, and confusion. The…