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fter  a  few  of  the  usual   make the decision.
                 Sunday  evening  hymns,
          Athe  church's  pastor  once         The father knew that his son was a
          again  slowly  stood  up,  walked    Christian, and he also knew that
          over to the pulpit, and gave a very   his  son's  friend  was  not.  The
          brief  introduction  of  his  child-  agony of his decision could not be
          hood friend.                         matched  by  the  torrent  of  the
          With that, an elderly man stepped
          up to the pulpit to speak.           "As  the  father  yelled  out, 'I love
                                               you son!' he threw the line to his
          "A father, his son, and a friend of   son's friend. By the time he pulled
          his  son  were  sailing  off  the    the  friend  back  to  the  capsized
          Pacific Coast," he began, "when a    boat,  his  son  had  disappeared
          fast  approaching  storm  blocked    beyond the raging swells into the
          any  attempt  to  get  back  to  the   black of the night. His body was
          shore. The waves were so high,       never recovered."
          that even though the father was
          an  experienced  sailor,  he  could   By  this  time,  the  two  teenagers
          not keep the boat upright, and the   were sitting straighter in the pew,
          three were swept into the ocean."    waiting  for  the  next  words  to
                                               come out of the old man's mouth.                                                 
          The  old  man  hesitated  for  a                                           filled  the  room.  Within  minutes   the  old  man  replied,  glancing
          moment, making eye contact with      "The father," he continued, "knew     after  the  service  ended,  the  two   down  at  his  worn  Bible.  A  big
          two teenagers who were, for the      his  son  would  step  into  eternity   teenagers were at the old man's    smile broadened his narrow face,
          first time since the service began,   with Jesus, and he could not bear    side.                                and once again looked up at the
          looking  somewhat  interested  in    the  thought  of  his  son's  friend                                       boys and said: "It sure isn't very
          his story.                           stepping  into  eternity  without     "That  was  a  nice  story,"  started   realistic,  is  it?  But  I'm  standing
                                               Jesus.  Therefore,  he  sacrificed    one of the boys politely, but I don't   here today to tell you that THAT
          He  continued,  "Grabbing  a  his son. How great is the love of            think  it  was  very  realistic  for  a   story gives me a glimpse of what
          rescue  line,  the  father  had  to   God that He should do the same       father to give up his son's life in   it must have been like for God to
          make  the  most  excruciating  for us!"                                    the hope that the other boy would    give up His Son for me. You see…
          decision of his life… to which boy                                         become a Christian.”                 I was the son's friend!"
          he would throw the other end of      With that, the old man turned and                                          [TEARS IN MY HEART by James
          the line? He only had seconds to     sat down in his chair as silence      "Well, you've got a point there,"    Collins, Xulon Press, 2007].
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