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Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
- TITLE: Overcoming
By Brandi Roberts
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A man at the local resort had shown him how to make floating paper boats. His brothers, Chris and Peter, were eager to get their newly folded boats into the water and were already waiting anxiously at the end of the dock.
"I get to put mine in first!" Peter was the youngest and felt it was his 'right' to be the first in everything.
Chris, being the middle child, wouldn't have it. "No, you're always too slow. I'm going first!"
Neither of the boys were giving an inch and Eric watched on the sidelines as the war of words turned into a shoving match. Chris, the obvious victor, gave one final shove to secure his win, but gasped in horror as Peter tripped backwards over the side of the dock. Thrashing desperately for his life, Peter screamed for his brothers' help. Gripped in fear, Eric and Chris stood motionless as their brother lost his battle with the water and sunk to his death.
It had been 20 long years since he watched his brother die in front of him, and a lot had changed. Chris had given himself to alcohol to numb the pain, and while the bottle tempted him, Eric didn't give in. He knew that there was something out there that could free him from his burden of guilt, something greater than he could ever imagine: God would heal his hurt. A lot of pain, and grief, and tears had lead him back to this place. And now he was here, ready to free himself from the unforgiveness of a guilt-ridden heart. Placing the carefully-folded boat into the water, Eric closed his eyes and let it all go.
"Bon voyage." He whispered.
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