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When Tragedies Hit too Close to Home

Terrorist attacks. Deadly shootings. Plane crashes. You probably remember where you were every time you heard about tragedies like these. But how should we respond? What are we supposed to feel? And how do we talk to our kids about these events? This list has answers.

Facing Tragedy

People ask why God would let something so devastating happen. Parents struggle with answering their kids' complex questions about fear and death issues and even with letting their kids go back to school.

Oregon, We Are Not Numb — Or Hopeless

Reporting on the President’s comments last night on the shooting, the New York Times reports, “With each massacre, his sense of powerless anger and frustration has built.” Left to our own devices, we will only end up distraught at our powerlessness. We were never meant to orchestrate history.

Prayer in the Midst of Tragedy: What’s the Point?

Few things about human nature are as predictable as our instinctive readiness to empathize with those who suffer, and perhaps the assurance that our “thoughts and prayers” are with the victims is the most common phrase used in this regard. But with the rise of the social media in recent years, this response to tragedy has increasingly come under attack from various individuals and publications in a world that is reeling with pain.

Tragedy Strikes Home

On the front page of the Washington Post was the story of four bright, beautiful young girls who died in a horrific accident hours after two of them had graduated from West Potomac High School in Fairfax County, Va. Driving on the Capital Beltway, their car veered into the path of a tractor-trailer rig.

The Problem of Pain

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis, one of the most renowned Christian authors and thinkers, examines a universally applicable question within the human condition: “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?” With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C.S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

Where's God in the Midst of Suffering?

Prolific author and theologian Randy Alcorn addresses the complex relationship between an all-powerful, loving God and the existence of evil and suffering.

7 Things to Remember About Healing From Past Pain and Tragedy

We will all experience tragedy at some point in our lives. Healing takes time, but it is a beautiful and necessary process. Learn healthy ways to move forward after tragedy from someone who walked this road before you.

The Psychology of Unity after Tragedy

Oklahoma City. Boston. Sandy Hook. Aurora. These tragedies cost many lives. In the aftermath of such devastating events, news services provide a glut of images and social media outlets overflow with negative posts, all focused on the shock and horror. Yet, through it all, a positive counterpoint emerges—the nation pulls together.

Parenting in the Midst of Tragedy

When tragedy hits your family, how do you help your children process their feelings and move forward?

Running through the pain, not away from it

Follow the Hallmark family's story of triumph and loss as they walked their son through his battle with cancer, maintaining hope along the way.

Helping Teens Caught in Mass Violence

Consider ways to come alongside kids who have faced a life-threatening situation that stems from the misguided actions of another person.

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