7 Bible passages to read when your child is afraid

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One of the most comforting things you can do when your child is afraid is to read to them.

One of the most comforting things we can do for our children is to read to them. Our physical closeness helps them to feel safe; the sound of our voices soothes them. Of course, any help we can offer when our child is afraid will be built on a foundation of loving interactions at other times.

But in the moment, sit close, hold them, hold their hand, pet their hair, or rub their back. Pray together… and read to them.

There is nothing like the powerful promises in God’s Word to encourage a fainting heart.

Here are seven particularly appropriate Bible passages to read — and even re-read — when your child is afraid. If you are unfamiliar with any of these, I encourage you to look them up and keep them in mind.

7 Bible Passages to read when your child is afraid (list)

7 Bible Passages to read when your child is afraid (list)

  1. Revelation 21:10–26 New Jerusalem
  2. Revelation 21:1–5 All things new
  3. Psalm 91 Under the shadow of the Almighty
  4. Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 The story of Creation
  5. Psalm 8 God’s glory & man’s honor
  6. Psalm 4 The bedtime psalm
  7. Isaiah 65:17–25 New heavens & a new earth

Note on Isaiah 65:20 — This verse is worded a bit oddly in King James. I believe The New Living Translation captures the intent quite well:

No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young!

When your child is afraid, seek to turn their (and your) thoughts Heavenward! There is power in the Word of God.

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Is there another passage you would add to the list? Do you have fond memories of being read to as a child? Share with us in the comments! 🙂

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7 Bible passages to read when your child is afraid — 10 Comments

  1. These are great passages for adults too. Sometimes I tell my kids about Daniel from Daniel chapter 1. He was taken from his home at a young age and sent to a foreign country to learn things from a foreign king. His parents must have been so sad to see him go, and he must have been scared too. However, throughout Daniel 1-4, God always looked after him. My kids like that thought.

  2. Idd psalm 91. But the most beautiful Psalm is Psalm 23.

    In the Netherlands, a Christian children’s song that is very comforting for both mother and child:-) Based on psalm 23.

    • My children always appreciated it. They usually ask for more… and finally drift off to sleep. <3

      I think some of us just really connect aurally (that word is harder to say than it is to spell, even, lol) -- through hearing, that is. I know my husband and older son (who is 20 now) are both that way. They love any of us to read to them.

      Of course, none of us girls mind being the reader, either, I don't think. 😉

  3. Sheila your post are always comforting. What a wonderful way in teaching children the need not to be afraid. One of the greatest parts of God’s creation is our minds and you are helping to formulate the correct way of absorbing God’s word in the lives of children.

    • Thank you, brother. God’s Word was such a blessing to me as a child — and now as an adult; I just really long to share that blessing, you know?

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