I have read locally a story about a man who allegedly fabricated a story saying he found a child wandering and turned him over to police/social services....when it was actually his own child.
A teenage girl gives birth to a baby and stabs her over 100 times and throws the baby's body away.
A college student kills 32 others.
I'm busy planning lessons, thinking up fun/messy games, feeling like I'm connected to God in many ways.....
But now....as I pause in my day....I feel like crying.
The heart of God must be grieving so.
Do our kids feel some of this?
The events of this past couple of weeks are probably raising a lot of questions in the minds of our kids....
Feelings of abandonment - maybe wondering if their Dad had a chance to pawn them off...would he? Or wondering why Dad left...was it because he couldn't get rid of me....so he hit the road?
When our kids see a pregnant teen at school - do they wonder if the mom will kill the baby? Do they wonder if a student looks overweight if they are hiding a pregnancy? Are they sad for the mom...the baby...both? Neither?
Are they feeling less safe today in their schools? Are the graduating seniors a little less excited about going to college now?
Are they wondering where God is in all of this? Are you?
I've appreciated a couple of the resources at Youth Specialties designed to help youth workers help their students in these days. They have helped me start to process - and start the process for me as a youth worker - in my response to all that surrounds, invades, and disturbs our kids...and myself.
There are no concrete answers, no simple solutions, but I like the tone....and it spoke to me.