Do you ever feel anxious as a parent? I pray this article would help you look to God for rest.
This past Sunday I preached from Ephesians 2:1-10. I looked at our identity as God’s workmanship and asked us to step into the story God has written for our lives. Even though we may feel like we’ve messed up the masterpiece and scribbled over the story, we don’t have to feel stuck in our guilt and shame. God has made us new in Christ and has prepared good works for us to step into.
This past Sunday I preached on our paradoxical life as Christians. Ours is a life of rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep (Rom. 12:15). I used an acronym to remember how we give real help to those who are suffering.
H – Hope not answers. When people are in the midst of suffering, they need hope more than answers. Hope is not found in solving the problem, but running to a person. Jesus. We may not know why everything happens, but we can hope in the person who understands suffering more than anyone and sympathizes with us in it.
E – Enter into their pain. Empathize with them. Did you know that grieving with someone can be the single most helpful expression of love and care? Weep with them. Just be there for them and be with them.
L – Listen to them & Love them in tangible ways. Seek to understand their situation. James 1:19 says, “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.” If you must speak, tell them, “I am standing with you. I am grieving with you.” And love them in tangible ways. Make a meal. Offer a small gift. Spend time with them.
P – Pray for them and Patiently walk w/them through the long journey of suffering. In the deepest of suffering, some may find it hard to even pray. We can intercede for them and carry this burden. And oftentimes, after the initial help has arrived, we forget the one who is suffering over time. But this is when the church is even more needed. To patiently walk with them and be with them through the long road of suffering.
Anything you would add?
Parents, this is so helpful! The first 5 minutes alone encouraged my heart greatly.
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Are you looking for a creative way to teach the truth of the gospel to your kids this summer? I would highly recommend The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul. My whole family watched the DVD last night and it prompted a lot of good discussion. Even my four-year old boy was captivated with the story and listened intently. Take a look at this intro video below and buy the DVD and/or book.
Looking for more ideas to prepare your family for Easter? Go here.