To the editor:

After reading "Ask Sherrie" in The Rantoul Press on Feb. 13, 2019, I had to respond.

(Someone wrote for advice):

"I am writing today because we just found out that my father is terminally ill with cancer. My son who is 6 is very close to him,  and I just don’t know what to say to him? What should we say?"

Sherrie’s response:

"When speaking to your son, use clear, concrete words; avoiding euphemisms at all cost. I have seen well-meaning adults tell children that a family member was so good that God called them to heaven to be with him."

When the storms of life rise up and beat against our house, even as the waves rose upon the boat that Jesus and his disciples were in (Jesus being in the bottom of the boat asleep), we should do what the disciples did. We should go and contact Jesus.  

"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13.

There are pastors in Rantoul such as Terry Sheppard, Nelson Cuevas, Jewel Kelly and Charles Stanley online who could lead one to faith in Christ so that we would know what to tell our children when we are faced with death. We don’t have to go to the library and play art therapy.

Betty J. Kelly

Rantoul