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When the telephone rang just...

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When the telephone rang just after three o’clock in the morning Carl knew it was bad news. It was a close friend from church. The man was crying as he told Carl that his seventeen-year-old son was in a serious automobile accident. Carl immediately left for the hospital to be with his friend. Carl found Jim and Sandy in a private room with the hospital chaplain. Carl joined in the prayer. They would continue to pray throughout the night as they waited anxiously for word that the young man was out of surgery. It would be touch and go for the next several days.
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