Coping With Tragedy

Friday's triple homicide in Danville shattered our sense of peace and tranquility in our quiet and friendly town.  Tragedies affect each of us in different ways. But we are are all touched by them. We become more aware of the uncertainties of life and our own anxieties and fears. When tragedies happen, what can we do? Here are some suggestions to help us cope with life's tragedies. 

Unplug.  Turn off the TV. Don’t check facebook, instagram, twitter, and other social media and news sites constantly. Take a sabbath from them.

Listen to each other.  The letters that make up the word listen also make up the word “silent.”  Listen to each other.  You don’t have to have an answer all the time.  Your presence is very powerful and is a great encouragement to one who is hurting

Do something you enjoy—with family, friends, by yourself.

Give a bit of extra attention and compassion and patience to each other and to yourself. In stressful times we are all on edge.  Our nerves are frayed and we are vulnerable to our own emotions.  We hurt.  We are sad. We are angry.  We are afraid.  All these emotions are natural responses to the painful and tragic events of life.  Extend a bit of grace toward others and yourself.

Pray.  God is always with us.  God wants to listen to us.  My life circumstance may not change, but prayer always changes me and the way I look at life.

Jesus said "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, for I have overcome the world!" John 16:33