What would Mom say?

God never deserts us.

As A Soldier, I am frequently faced with adversity, which at times seems impossible to overcome, and I often call my mother for some inspiration and clarity. She always gives me some small thought that renews my motivation and desire to press on regardless of the situation. This particular day, however, I was on my own.

It was December 23, 1998, and my wife, son, and I were driving from Virginia to Maryland to catch a plane to Chicago to spend Christmas with my wife's grandparents and other family. Our flight was to leave at 9:30 p.m., and we had two free tickets, which would be honored on the twenty-third, but not the twenty-fourth. The drive to the airport usually took us a little over two hours, but severe icing and traffic conditions led us to leave much earlier than usual.

No sooner had we entered the highway than the ice seemed to worsen. There were also many accidents. Knowing that we were in God's care and that we had six hours to safely drive to our destination, we proceeded onward. Just south of Washington, D.C., the traffic came to a standstill. In the next four hours, we moved about ten miles.

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Swimming with God
May 8, 2000

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