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​A Parent’s Journey

How heartbreak led to a deeper understanding of God’s love

BY JOANNE RUTHERFORD

The phone rang as my husband, Wayne, and I were leaving the house to enjoy dinner with relatives one sunny autumn afternoon. Picking up the receiver, I heard the all-too-familiar recording, “This is a collect call from the county correctional facility. Press “0” to accept the charges.”

I cried silently as I listened to our son describe the events of the night before. He had been caught drinking alcohol again, violating the terms of his probation.

Why, Lord? I wondered for the hundredth time. We had tried so hard to be perfect parents, and had taken special care to build our son’s …

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