- School snipers
- Dangerous strangers
- Car accidents
- Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
Our children's fears have become adult fears -- real, honest threats upon their lives and well-being. Meanwhile parents still think that the things they need to pay attention to are the presumed fears of the news headlines. We need a meeting of the minds here to bring parents into the circle of their children's reality and to bring children into the circle of God's presence, grace, and peace.
I always think back to the promises parents make in baptism to raise their children in the faith, to teach them God's Word, to bring them to the services of God's house, to help them through catechism, so enable them to come to the altar rail and receive the Body and Blood of Christ, and to make the home a place of blessing, peace, love, and prayer.
We do not need to turn the Church into fun that distracts kids from what they are really facing and what they really fear, we need the Church to equip them to face what is real and threatening in their lives and to answer the power of fear with the power of the peace that passes understanding in Jesus Christ, our Lord.