Low-tech terror in your neighborhood

Posted on · Posted in Current Events, World View

Low-tech terrorism is an ugly, cowardly, but effective means to bring fear to many. It represents a threat to families going about their daily activities. And, of course, it is designed to be unsettling to your children. What do you tell them? How do you ease their fears?

God continues to be your refuge and your strength, even in times of trouble and uncertainty. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. He knows your children’s most intimate thoughts and fears. He controls the acts of men, even the awful deeds that are done. This is how he works all things for good for his people.

Here is a prayer for you and your children that will encourage you to trust Christ and God’s providential care:

Dear Father, once again our family turns to you. Each day we depend on you as we go to school and work and when we play. You care for us even when we don’t even think about it. You watch out for us. Now, Father, the terrorist’s want us to be even more afraid. But we know that your word tells us that we can trust you no matter what happens. You are always in control and you will care for us. Help us to be wise and to not fear the terrorists. Help us to love Jesus. He is the One who has taken away the most scary thing of all, punishment for our sins! Give us peace this day as we live to serve you. Thank you that we can come to you any time and ask for your help! We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 33:18-22
But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.

Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.