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Take time this very day to reflect on the miracle of how God himself sent us his son to be our savior. And yet that beloved son — Jesus — was himself an innocent victim. Those who loved him knew the horrible suffering of seeing a loved one die at the hands of evil.

But the story doesn’t end there. Christmas also is about the faithfulness of God — and His promise to all of us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

If you have never done so, claim that love of God this Christmas. Welcome the gift of the savior into your own heart and embrace God’s promise of eternal life. Evil can destroy our lives on Earth, but it never can defeat the love and goodness of God, and it stands powerless before God’s eternal might.

May the innocent victims of Sandy Hook rest with God, in the immense joy of everlasting life. They are safe with him, welcomed by his loving embrace.

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