What l am about to tell you is the story of incredible blessing with a miracle! Now l first want to start by saying this’ that l don’t fully understand why GOD does what he does other than he is a sovereign GOD and merciful and loving GOD. I want to make it clear’ l have no more faith or am l any more special person than any of you or that GOD loves me more than any of my brothers or sisters in Christ.
To understand this story l have to go back and give you some details of what has taken place in the last 20 to 25 years. Some of you know that l have some serious back problems with some serious pain l been dealing with for 20 to 25 years. Now some of you know that l don’t talk about it and l keep a lot of things to myself.
I’m going to open by asking some questions that I don’t really expect you to answer. Has anyone here ever had a lucky rabbit’s foot or a lucky shirt? Ever spoken about having lady luck on your side or felt down on your luck? Have you ever marveled at the wonders of mother nature? Have any of you ever referred to God as “the man upstairs”? I have done these things in the past and I mention them to give you a little background as to the type “Christian” I was when God reached into my life and “chose me out of this world”.
As a child I attended three different churches with my parents. My earliest memories of church life were not happy ones, but as a young teenager I had many good ones. I never developed a close relationship with church in general and drifted away as a teenager. When I met my wife, her family was Catholic, and we were married in St. Patrick’s church in Cato. After our children were born we attended church there for awhile, but once again I drifted away. I guess I had better things to do. I spent the next 25 or more years of my life as a non church goer. I considered myself to be a christian person however. In my mind I was a good person. I believed in God and I considered myself to be living by Christian values. I gave up a lot of personal time over the years to be involved with our local ambulance and fire dept. and things like that.
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