Helping Children in Times of Crisis

Heather Hammer Children's Leave a Comment

Dear Custer Road Family,


Today we are grieving as we begin to process the events of the last several days, especially last night in Dallas.  I’m sure I join most of you in feeling heartbroken and at a complete loss for words.

Together we join in praying for our community, our world, and especially our children.  As much as we would like to shelter our children from the pain and suffering of the world around them, it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so.  Whether or not your children are aware of the specific events that occurred in Dallas last night or not, we can be certain that they will feel the effects as they soak up the emotions of the world and adults around them.

One of our most vital roles in helping children process trauma is to assure them that they are safe, secure, and loved. Take time to listen and validate their feelings without feeling the need to fix them or explain them away.  Above all, focus on what we do know. We are loved, fiercely, by a big God who joins in our mourning and provides the hope, comfort, and strength we need to get through hard times. We covenant to come alongside you in this process and pray that the resources found below will be helpful for your family.

Praying Psalm 46:1 over you today- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. May you feel His love and comfort in the midst of tragedy. If your family needs support or care, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Grace and Peace,
Heather Hammer
Director of Children’s Ministry

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