I sat at my kitchen table with my nieces and asked them to help me with my blog tonight. I asked them what they would like to talk about. One of my nieces said, "How about what happened in Barcelona?" She said, "You think the world is a pretty place with a perfect life, but then you look at the news and see all these stories. Manchester…Barcelona… shootings…bombs. I don't understand. You're hurting your own kind, your own species. Humanity. Soon, you never know, we could go extinct."
My nieces are 10 and 12. I decided to interview them to capture their thoughts. Here is what they had to say.
How did you hear about the attack in Barcelona? 10 year old Watching Price is Right and a breaking news report came on. 12 year old I overheard my mom talking to my grandmother about what happened – that another terrorist attack happened. Then later I stayed up to see the news.
What were your initial thoughts: 10 year old: Why? They still have a lot of years to go and then this happens. 12 year old: Sadness
What do you think now because of this. What is the aftermath: 10 year old: People now because of that they feel like they can't do everything because they limit themselves and want to be safe. People are afraid to go do different things. You don't want to go to certain places. Because of this people feel like they can't do everything because they limit themselves and want to be safe. 12 year old: I think it could actually happen in our generation. You can't live your life to the fullest. I look at the world as a pretty place, but these people that do these horrible things live on the same planet as me.
Do you understand why it happened? 10 year old: No. They just do it. I don't understand killing other people. 12 year old: I do kind of because I talk about it with my parents. They said ISIS does it because of their religion. They think only their religion is right.
Do you and your friends talk about these things: 10 year old: My friends don't because they don't want to jinx themselves. They start freaking out because they think something might happen right then and there. 12 year old: Only if I bring it up.
What could you say to encourage people dealing with fear about what's happened? 10 year old: This is a hard one. Just keep living your life. If there's something hard just do it because you will regret not doing it. Spend time with your family because if something does happen you don't want to have regrets. 12 year old: I would say just, the world is a dangerous and scary place but God is the one who says when it's your time.That's the truth before terrorism attacks began. Do as much as you can because you never know.
What would you say to a child who was there on the scene: 10 year old: I would not want to witness that. I would help them as much as possible. I would be in tears telling them. 12 year old: That's so sad, I would say…that hurts my heart. I don't know what I would say to them. I would say unfortunately it was their time to go, but you have to continue to live your life. I would comfort them. I can't even imagine that.
Do you think things will get better: 10 year old: I hope people don't teach their kids this and realize that it's bad. 12 year old: I pray that it does. The only way things will get better is if we pray. I don't know how to prevent it from happening because I don't know why it's happening.
What do you want to hear from adults or what could we do to help young people deal with these things? 10 year old: Like…comfort us – saying that, "You're safe with us. 12 year old: I want them to tell me everything's going to be okay. That the world can be ugly, but you can make the change.
"God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear even though the earth be removed. And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the LORD, who has made desolations in the earth. He makes war cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
We ended out our interview reading this Psalm together. I want them to know from my heart to theirs that when our hearts are troubled we look to His Word for strength.
Good night and God bless! Thank you for reading!