When the children were young we developed something of a habit of “blessing them.” On occasion, for no special reason I would randomly as them, “are you my son?” or “are you my daughter?” They would sheepishly reply, “Dad!” because they knew what was coming.
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My mother and father in law have a marble relief of the “Belle of Baltimore” (Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister-in-law) through a marriage Napoleon later annulled too ensure his brother’s marriage to someone more politically helpful. The relief hangs above in a prominent place in their home.
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Sam Shoemaker was part of a widely popular 1930’s movement called the Oxford Group. Sam, and two other men, Bob Smith, and Bill Wilson were all part of the same Oxford Group Bible study. Having experienced both freedom from addictions and a new perspective on the power that faith in Christ Jesus brings, the three of these men started a group we know today as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Small things, seemingly innocent matters, almost insignificant events can turn on a dime. What might begin as a simple thought or desire sometimes becomes an unmitigated disaster. Most of us have some of those stories.
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