Skydiving emergency and divine aid

Growing up in a Christian Science Sunday School, I was especially fond of the account in the Old Testament where Samuel, lying in bed, was called by God (see I Samuel 3:1–10). Thinking it was the priest, Eli, calling, Samuel went to him three times. But Eli finally realized that the call was coming from God, and he told Samuel to respond and listen. I wondered what it was like to hear God so clearly. 

Many years later I took up the sport of skydiving. During my second jump I went into a tumble just as my parachute was opening. My legs flew up, and my left leg became entangled in the shroud lines. Five or six lines were very tightly wrapped around my leg as the strain of the partially open chute pulled them taut. The chute itself was about two-thirds deployed, but the rate of descent was approximately seven times faster than normal, and I was dangling head first toward the ground. 

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