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Topic: Break (02/06/06)
TITLE: Give Me A Break (i)
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"Break it up!" Jacob cried out. The fighting had grown worse and Daddy's drinking was getting to be a real problem. Jacob spent his time hiding oout in his room or at his friends house. It didn’t matter - no one missed him and for awhile it was easy staying out of the line of fire, but Jacob was tired of hiding and playing it safe.
There was a sudden silence in the room and it made Jacob tremble in place. Daddy dropped his bottle of scotch and Mommy removed her hands from her face. Jacob could see that the bruise Daddy gave her last week still hadn't healed.
"What did you say?" Jacob's father's face twisted in anger, but Jacob stood his ground, silently praying for a miracle. "I said break it up and I mean it!" Jacob started to sob in deep heaving gasps.
"Honey, we're sorry." Jacob's mother embraced her son's trembling body. Jacob pulled away with a sudden jolt. "If you're truly sorry, prove it!"
Jacob's Dad fell prostrate on the living room floor. He sobbed quietly - his face buried in his hands. "I'm sorry, Son - I..." He couldn't hide his pain any longer and yelled out "God help me!"
The family decided to enter counseling and gradually they put their lives back together again.
Two lessons can be learned from this story; (1). What you do affects not only your life, but that of your loved ones as well. (2). God's grace is sufficient for all our needs.
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