Immanuel: Our Protector

This piece came to mind in light of today’s events. I pray that the outstretched hands of God find you wherever you are in processing those things today.


I was never prepared for how to discuss such a tragedy with my own children. No one ever is. But no matter how dark the darkness, there is always light. I still see truth even in the darkness of horrible loss. Every name in the story has meaning. Every name listed in the middle is a name of someone who died in the shooting of Newton, Connecticut. No one is immune to death, and no one is beyond the reach of God’s love. If this helps you to talk about this with your children, then I am glad that I can help. But what I really hope is that you read this, learn how the story ends, and read it again. It will have deeper meaning the second time, once you are reminded what Joshua (Jesus) has done for YOU. You may share this story if you would like.


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