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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Dog Bite that Saved a Family

            Legend tells of the Clark family in Scotland. Many years ago, they had a dream to immigrate to the United States.
            The two parents worked and saved for themselves and for their nine children. After several years, they had saved enough money and had arranged for their passports. They booked passage on a new ship sailing to the United States.
            Seven days before they were to sail, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor was fearful that the dog had rabies; he ordered the parents to quarantine their son. This meant the family could not sail.
            Mother and father were terribly disappointed. They were angry with their son, and, frankly, they were angry with God.
            Five days after the ship had embarked for America, word spread throughout Scotland that the mighty Titanic had sunk.
            That was the ship the Clark family was to have sailed upon.
            When the father received word of the tragedy, he ran home and hugged his son. He thanked God for saving their lives. What was seen to be a tragedy had in fact been a blessing.
            Perhaps you have experienced a similar occurrence in your life.
            Or maybe you are enduring a set back right now, and someday you will discover that it was a blessing.

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