BENEFITING: American Red Cross
When my son called me to tell me that there had been a fire at his college apartment that started in his room, I had so many emotions swirling within me, I couldn't think.
What if he or someone else had been killed or hurt.
How did it happen?
I was so grateful he was alive and that no one had been hurt and at the same time, angry about the incident and fearful of what the consequences would be.
I began to pray. My prayers of thanks and gratitude that he was alive took me to a place of calmness, where I was able to ask for help. In that calmer state, I found the strength to set aside my emotions and somehow instinctively I knew where to reach out for help. I was able to listen to advice and receive the available help for our son . Most importantly, I was able to show him love and compassion during his time of need.
This horrible experience helped me understand the power of gratitude and prayer. Our children make mistakes, we can't undo them or fix the consequences. The best way we can help them is to let them know we love them, try showing them how to deal with the resulting situation, and be there emotionally for them.