“He heals the wounds of every shattered heart” Psalm 147:3
When I continue to watch the current events in our country unfold, my heart shatters. I think of parents who are trying to cope with children who already lost so much over the last few months, and as they struggle to try to bring a new routine to their lives, they now have even more challenges and difficult conversations ahead.
Over the course of my life, if there is one thing I have learned from children, it is that hate, fear, or bias are not inherited, they are ingrained. These are concepts that are learned and modeled. One of my favorite things to watch when in a classroom, is children in free play.
If there was ever truth to the idea of not “seeing color”, it would be through the eyes of children. For parents, what words do you use to explain discrimination; to explain to young children that we live in a world where people are mistreated simply for the color of their skin, or the language they speak, or that they do not fit into stereotypical gender norms. Why do we, as adults, not take the time to learn from children?
There is no cookie cutter description for humanity. One size does not fit all. Until we learn to embrace the richness and complexity that is “personhood,” and revel in the wonderment that differences and uniqueness provides, there is no moving forward. It is up to all of us to help young people take the lead and guide us in understanding why we all matter.
Everyone has a purpose and is designed by the greatest creator, God. We are united in our joys, sufferings, celebrations, and setbacks. As I watch our current situation, I find solace in the words of Psalm 147:3, He heals the wounds of every shattered heart. Our hearts may be shattered, but He will heal us. He hears us in our pain, He sees us in our hours of need, and He will bind up our wounds.
Dr. Leanne Badham
Director of Precious Cargo Academy
Teach children that we are all same on the inside. Gather two eggs: one white egg and one brown egg. Have children examine all the ways the eggs look different on the outside. Notice color, shape, size, texture. Then crack each egg into a bowl and discuss how on the inside, they were the same. You can expand this activity by adding in other types of eggs to show even more diversity.
Listen to music from all around the world. Putumayo Kids creates engaging, dance inspiring mixes for children that features music from all over the world. You can purchase a CD through Amazon or listen for free on Youtube. Check out their World Playground songs.
For those struggling to heal, and find solace in these times of trouble:
Dear Lord, we ask you to heal our wounds. Please be with us all and comfort the shattered hearts across our nation. May we find solace in knowing Your comfort and peace. Amen.