“I feel so down.” “These events have got me in a real funk.” “I’m really depressed about all these terrible things that have happened.” “I can’t believe people are capable of so much hate.” “I think I’m still in shock.” “This world’s going to hell in a hand basket.” “I’m more fearful now for my own child’s safety.”
These are some of the comments I’ve been hearing this week. You probably have too. The whole country has been impacted. At hearing the news some burst into tears. Many are on the verge but hold back. Fear and anger seize our hearts as we wonder about the future.
For some of us it was an emotional trigger – our children choose to live in dangerous ways, threatening their lives on a regular basis. We think, that could have been my child. It feels like the world’s gone crazy, doesn’t it? Our illusion of control has been ripped out from under our feet – again.
Each of us has faced our own tragedies – or will one day. What can help us keep our sanity during those times? As a believer in Jesus, I turn to the Bible.
These 10 promises have helped me. Maybe they’ll help you:
- I’m not alone. God is with me. Others who have walked this path can help me, too.
I live in Orlando. My peaceful morning was interrupted by some tragic news. Maybe yours was too. My mind immediately went to the parents.
Shock and numbness. Denial and unbelief. Dismay. Bargaining and questioning. Anger and rage. Overcome with sadness and loss. These describe some of what the parents of the 50 persons killed at a downtown gay nightclub last night and the parents of Christina Grimmie – pop singer killed Friday night after a concert with Before You Exit, known for her success on the 6th season of The Voice – are experiencing. As well as of the over 50 who were injured.
Today’s blogger is my dear friend, Terri Amos. She has some insightful words of honesty and wisdom to share with you. They’re exactly what many hurting parents like us need to hear when we’re struggling with disappointment. When our son gets arrested. When our daughter gets pregnant. When they get another DUI but refuse to admit they have a problem. Or when they can’t get out of bed because they’re so depressed yet refuse help.
I have to be honest… I am a doubter. Some people have faith and it appears that nothing seems to shake their faith. But for me, disappointments in life can really mess with my relationship with God.
Today’s blog is part 2 (part 1 was posted on Wednesday, June 1st) and was taken from an Anchor of Promise post, written by author, blogger Leah Grey. Today Leah continues her interview telling her story that lead to drug abuse and offers some wonderful insights for Christian parents.
How did your parents react when they found out (about her drug use)?
My parents reacted… a lot, to everything. My Mom cried. My Dad was silently angry. My Mom basically went into a depressed spiral, which I took on as being my entire fault. I didn’t need to do much to get this reaction.
There was no “healing” talk in my household. At that time, doing drugs just meant I was either “bad” or “stupid”. “Quit acting like an idiot” was something I heard a lot.
What kind of family environment did you grow up in?
I grew up in a happy, stable home environment. The town I was raised in was small and quaint. While attending the Mennonite Brethren Church with my family, my brother and I also participated in VBS, Christian Summer Camp, Youth Group, etc.
I accepted Jesus into my heart at age seven. I believe I knew what it meant but didn’t understand the dynamics of it. Around age eleven or so, I had many questions about God such as, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
This really affected my relationship with my “church friends” as I was “rebelling” against Mennonite culture by asking so many questions.