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I read a story of a pastor whose son began to drift away from God in high school. The son started to hang out with the wrong crowd changing his actions and attitude. The parents, of course, were broken-hearted. They were embarrassed. But they didn’t hide this. They cried out to God with God’s people. They wept and prayed and wept some more. They prayed that God would change their son’s heart. Then God impressed upon the father that what God was going to do through this was not change his son’s heart but change the father’s heart. The father listened to God and became fully accepting of the situation recognizing that this father could do nothing but love his son, which he did. Eventually, the son came out of this turbulent time and turned back to God.

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