Our hearts are heavy with the sadness of the senseless act of violence in Connecticut that took the lives of innocent, young children and the teachers and administrators charged with their care.  The families and townspeople who were affected by this tragic event are in our thoughts and are being lifted up in prayer.
In the wake of this tragedy, our televisions and radios have been flooded with reports related to this story and many children have no doubt heard some of the news and have questions or fears about what went on.  Bearing in mind that young children are still very innocent where acts of violence are concerned and have a limited understanding of such events, parents may find it difficult to find the right words to say when talking to their children about the Shooting.  Below are links to various resources that can help parents deal with their child’s questions and concerns appropriately.  These recommendations are from ExchangeEveryDay, an e-newsletter for Early Childhood Professionals.  You will also find scripture references to help bring comfort and reassurance.
Please know that due to the nature of our work, our staff places a very high value on the lives of children and we are all deeply grieved over this occurrence.  We commit to do our best to handle every question and fear that may arise among your children with great sensitivity and careful discernment.
Sharon Green (Director) and the Second Baptist CDC Staff


Scripture References

The Shepherd’s Song – Psalm 23

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come backand take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”   Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14: 1-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day. For light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands. 2 Corinthians 4:16 -5:1

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline…I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.  2 Timothy 1:7, 12b