Following 9/11, I remember a television commentator asking a religious leader, “What do parents tell their children when they come home from school today?”
I will never forget the Rabbi’s answer: First, shut off the TV. Second, gather at the table tonight and share a meal. Make space for questions. You don’t have to have an answer, simply give the gift of listening. Then if you are a family of faith, say a prayer… Pray for the victims. Pray for the ones that caused this terrible deed. Next light a candle. Tell your children that this horrible event was planned in the dark. Let your children and teenagers know they are the light. Keep gathering, listening, praying and lighting a candle. Each and every day as your sons and daughters leave the house, remind them they are the light (of Christ) in the world that helps the world and a community heal.
Rocky Mountain Synod Minister for Special Projects