by Melissa Sundwall/ April 5, 2021
There are a few guaranties in this life. One of them happens to be pain. It’s not a subject we like to dwell on because pain is not something we look forward to. We occasionally use the adage, “no pain no gain.” When we recite those words we are implying there’s something good at the end of the pain. And while that’s true in some scenarios, how do we live with pain that seems to have no gain? When our world is shaken by disaster, or our life is forever changed by a traumatic occurrence, we desperately need the care and presence of our friends, family and a deep connection to our Savior.
As leaders in the church, if you haven’t already walked with a child in the midst of pain, you will. Adults have a difficult time making sense of pain. Just imagine one of the children in your ministry living with the kind of pain he can’t make sense of. I would like for offer suggestions to help as you minister to kids in pain.
As we minister to children experiencing pain keep Jesus’ words in mind, “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it” Matthew 10:29 (NLT). He is faithful to us in our times of need. As we walk with kids through times of sorrow, pain or trauma we can know that God will answer their call. He will be present with them. King David reminds us, “Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure” Psalm 23:4 (MSG).