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Covid Fear is Also Affecting Our Children

Covid Fear is Also Affecting Our Children

We sat outside with our drive-through ice-creams and jabbered, like teen-agers out on a night away from the confines of mom, dad and home. Ten ladies, escaping pandemic restrictions for a few hours on an afternoon, properly distanced and cautious. We talked about work, people, general gab.

I stepped away from the patio circle, left behind the voices and gaiety to answer my phone.

It was a Facetime call. I held it up and saw some of the cutest little faces looking at me.

“Grandma!” My five-year-old grandson and his three-year-old brother exclaimed.

“Grandma, where are you?” A frown drew the older grandson’s brows together. He looked past my face to where my friends sat apart but together.

For a moment I forgot how strange it was to socialize, to hear voices and laughter. I forgot how quickly children move on and how fast life adapts.

“I’m with my friends, see?” I flipped the screen for him. The small group of women in the background sat in a circle, laughing and talking.

“Aren’t you afraid of the coronavirus?” he asked with grown up worry.

“We’re outside,” I said quickly, defensively, because his little voice full of concern caught me like a guilty child.

I flipped the phone back to fill it with my own face again.

Then it dawned on me. There is a world of little children with the same worried expression, fear and surprise when people gather. Children are growing up without each other, apart from natural connection.

“Everyone is keeping distance, see?” I showed him the group again to assuage his fears.

At that exact moment the screen showed two of my friends hugging before parting.

“No, they’re not, Grandma,” he said, his five-year-old voice filled with reprimand.

I turned the screen quickly back so he could see only me again.

My grandson’s reaction made me a little sad to think children are experiencing something unprecedented, unique to their generation.

It’s been a rough year for everyone, and even though we are happy to shed 2020, a new year ahead will not immediately change our reality. While I wonder how our past year will affect your children and my grandchildren in the long run, I recognize a lot of life is like this. We live in uncertainty. We can’t predict, we can’t know, and these are exactly the opportunities God prepares us for in His Word.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

We were given instructions how to live long before this particular virus invaded what we do. The same principles God designed and wrote in His Word apply to our situation today.

“…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…”

These inner characteristics provide a steadfast anchor only the Spirit of God within can provide. They set us apart from our natural response and reveal Jesus’ sufficiency for whatever we may face.

As a family take a day to highlight each of the fruits of the Spirit:

  • Put up a big poster paper with the word of the day, and let members add remarks or pictures on it throughout the day.
  • Assign a word to a person and let them run with creativity to highlight it all day.
  • Tell stories about kindness.
  • Sing songs about faithfulness.
  • Savor each fruit. Let gentleness fill actions and thoughts.
  • Give each word an honored place in your family one long day at a time. It will permeate your world and your child’s.

Let 2021 be remembered most by the fruit we harvest. As we turn our eyes to truth, our children will benefit from our produce. God’s Word has not left us without a map to journey through tough situations, including Covid fear in a brand new year.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children look back at a difficult time with eyes that see the fruit of Christ in us in spite of circumstances? Our unpredictable God may use the uncertainty of today in extraordinary ways in our children tomorrow.

By: Sylvia Schroeder serves as Women’s Care Coordinator at Avant Ministries. Mom to four, grandma to 14, and wife to her one and only love, she enjoys writing about all of them. Find her blog at When the House is Quiet. Like her Facebook page or follow her on twitter.

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One Comment

  1. You are so right! Thank you for sharing these creative ways to reinforce and be mindful of the fruits of the Spirit in our homes.

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