This has to be one of the most difficult things to see our kids wrestle with. It’s unfortunate, but when Mom and Dad face cancer, kids immediately fear the worst. We all do. How do we help them cope with this sometimes-debilitating fear? All kids are different, but it’s good to be truthful. It’s also important to be optimistic because God is the Great Physician, right? But as a follower of Christ, we’re told not to be afraid of death. I like what Romans 6:5 says about it: “For if we have been united with [Jesus] in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his” (NIV). Remember, God even uses the bad to bring good—perhaps salvation to your kids.

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Suggested Reading: Romans 6:5, Hebrews 2:14-15