“Never give up hope!” Our friends, Bill and Cynthia, were crying for joy as they shared some remarkable family news with my wife and me. We had shared many things over the years—we were neighbors and fellow parishioners, and our children all attended the same Christian school.
But for a long time, our friends’ news had not been good. Despite their best efforts, their children were getting caught up in a wild life of parties and drugs and falling away from their faith.
We had seen Bill and Cynthia’s anguish close up. At times, they had confided, they were on the verge of despair. But they had a strong hope in God, built on a lifetime of trusting him in good times as well as bad. This hope kept them going—and kept them praying for their children, whatever happened.
Then came the surprise that turned their tears of sorrow to tears of joy. One of their sons, Larry, had a profound conversion experience—right in the middle of a rock concert, when everyone was getting high! Like the prodigal son, he had come to his…
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