“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the Earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”Psalm 46:1-3
Almost everyone at Hampton Lutheran and in the Hamilton County community knows someone who has been affected by the Nebraska flooding that devastated the state in late March.
It’s important, then, to know how to talk to your kids about the Nebraska floods. Such large natural disasters can be scary and spiritually challenging for kids, especially when it affects their community. Help kids understand how serious the flooding is and the effects it will have on Nebraska, but emphasize that even in natural disasters, God is present and with us.
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Nebraska Floods
Older children, of course, have a greater understanding of flood’s magnitude. They hear what the adults around them say, and for our farm kids to hear that Nebraska has lost up to 25 percent of our spring calves is a huge deal.
This is a good opportunity for you to emphasize that God is still in control. Even in the midst of the storm, God is there. He will provide for our needs.
During disasters like these floods, we have an opportunity to help kids understand the importance of helping their neighbor—of seeing a need and responding to it. There are communities on all sides of us that need help recovering from the floods. Show your kids that anyone can help in some way.
Kids want to help because this is in our own backyard. Parents need to be open and honest with all children and look for ways that families can get involved in the cleanup efforts—even if it’s donating cleaning supplies to communities in need.
How Families Can Help Flood Relief Efforts
Many local organizations are sponsoring trucks going to the flooded areas. Nebraskans have mobilized grassroots response teams to send help. If your family is connected with a flooded community, a local contact may be able to share with you what their specific needs are.
You can also help flood relief efforts by supporting organizations, such as
- Orphan Grain Train
- Lutheran World Relief
- Nebraska District LCMS
- Local schools or business groups that are collecting supplies, including volunteer firefighter organizations that have gone into the flood zones and need supplies
Kids can help the disaster relief efforts through their schools, too. Hampton Lutheran School raised $250 for Orphan Grain Train in its special chapel offering March 27 and collected a vanload of supplies for flood relief. Esther Edelman, the HLS secretary, took the supplies to her sister, who has connections in Norfolk, where Orphan Grain Train is coordinating its flood relief efforts.
Involve your kids in your donation. Of course, children should not go into dangerous or hazardous situations, but even young children can help shop for cleaning supplies, gloves, protective masks, and shovels to donate. They can also help deliver the supplies to the organizations in charge or donate a portion of their allowance to flood relief organizations.
God is here with us, working in our daily lives, sovereign and yet loving each of us. Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, we remember that we serve a REAL. PRESENT. GOD.