September 2014

Okay, we all know that God doesn't literally hold our hands. But what a great way to picture the support, love, direction, comfort, and safety that God gives us every day. Read more about what Pastor Eric Hartzell says about God's hand-holding.

Then see that hand-holding up close as you enter the world of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). A WELS member shares how God directed her and her husband through that dark valley and how he held their hands as they worked to hold each other's hand in love and commitment.

Finally, turn to the back page and read about a mother's anxiety when sending her daughter to the first day of preschool. Letting go of that little hand wasn't easy, but she reminds us that God is always there when we say our good-byes—not just with a reaching hand, but with open arms.

In the Psalms, God promises to take hold of our hands. Jesus spoke more about who he is in the four gospels. Prof. Theodore Hartwig starts a new series this month that highlights statements Jesus made about himself—starting with how he is the way, the truth, and the life.