Following an “Aha!” Story Thread

Why look back at stories, events which happened in your past, that are linked together?

As I’ve said before, there are three major benefits: Enlightenment, encouragement, and entertainment. Sometimes it’s a combination of these.

A conversation with a friend precipitated a look back at a number of the churches my wife and I had attended over the years. They covered multiple denominations and several cities around the country. Two incidents stood out at that moment of reflection.

The first was the re-affirmation of our wedding vows on our twenty-fifth anniversary. There were about sixty people present on this beautiful October afternoon. Sunlight streamed through the stained glass windows accenting the warmth of the varnished oak pews and the wood trim in the sanctuary. At the point where the minister asked us to repeat our traditional vows, we heard behind us the muffled sound of the guests repeating them to each other along with us. The minister had not suggested it, nor...

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