Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalms 90:3-6,12-17; Philemon 1:9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33
In an autobiographical sermon, the late Peter Marshall spoke of his difficult childhood years. He said, I never knew my father as other boys know their father. He died when I was four. Three years later I acquired a stepfather and my boyhood was profoundly affected by this new relationship. I soon learned to fear my stepfather for he was a jealous man with a violent temper. It was worse when he had been drinking. I had few toys — birthdays came and went unnoticed. We never had a Christmas tree. All references to my father and my father’s family were forbidden. I was a very unhappy boy and began at an early age to think about some escape.…
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