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A safe place

2009 November 2
by Paul

If you have kids, you inevitably have to deal with it. Call it what you will: the bogeyman, the dark, monsters under the bed. Fear plays a big role in kids’ lives. Eventually they reach a point where they’re conscious that we’re not OK and things can go wrong, and that’s scary.

At our house, it shows up around bedtime every night. “Daddy, I don’t want to be alone,” says my four-year-old daughter. I always explain that we are all in our home and it’s a safe place. Nothing can harm us when we’re here. I also point out that I will always do everything in my power to protect her, and that God tells us that he is always watching over us.

As I thought about that child-like, “irrational” fear, I realized that we never really gets rid of it. No matter how old we are, we always struggle with some kind of fear.  What we need to remember is that we are in a safe place. Our father is always watching over us and he will do everything in his power to protect us.