In light of the recent bombing in Boston, I’ve recognized a knee-jerk reaction within myself when faced with national tragedy. Protect my children. And as I try to protect my children, fear starts to creep in. Questions start to rise. What will my kids see and witness in the world before them? What will the next crazy come up with to cripple my confidence? How do I keep tragedies at an arm’s length? Why are there such cruel individuals? Question, after question. And with every question, more fear seeps in and takes it’s toll on me. Yet I look around and I’m surrounded by amazing people; just as we were in Milwaukee and just as we were in Idaho. There are good people everywhere that are just like me and want the very best for their kids and families.
Yet, I turn on the news and constant coverage of dismal events make me question all over again. The media creates a sense of fear and I turn it off. It’s not worth watching and it’s not worth worrying about. We should celebrate the lives of those that were lost and not look back.
I recently listened to general conference (here) where I heard a talk by Bruce D. Porter titled “Beautiful Mornings“. One line in particular stood out to me, “We need not fear the future, nor falter in hope and good cheer, because God is with us.” God is always with us. Always. That doesn’t mean that their won’t be trials and hardship but he is always there. Porter also quoted Boyd K. Packer in his talk which I was intrigued to read more of.
From April 2004 conference, Packer states: “It may seem that the world is in commotion; and it is! It may seem that there are wars and rumors of wars; and there are! It may seem that the future will hold trials and difficulties for you; and it will! However, fear is the opposite of faith. Do not be afraid! I do not fear.
…Our young people in many ways are much stronger and better than we were. They and we should not be afraid of what is ahead.
…Encourage our young people. They need not live in fear. Fear is the opposite of faith.”
I cannot raise children to fear the world around them; for the potential bad things that could happen to them or others. It is inevitable that they will witness sad and tragic events, just as I have. But there is so much good among the little bad. I will teach them to have faith in hopes of drowning out the fear. God is with us and for that reason alone we are full of good cheer.