Sprinkled With The New by Shanna Gregor

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Sprinkled With The New
Series: Splashes of Hope and Puddles of Joy
Shanna D. Gregor

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:25-27 NIV

My feet dangled off the edge of the tailgate of Dad's pickup truck as I watched him put away his tools. ''So, Dad, you've never told me your story.'' I pressed him a little and motioned him to take a break and sit down next to me.

Sweaty, tired and glad for a chance to sit down, my step-dad paused, ''Aw, it's a private matter, but I guess I should tell you.'' He struggled to get comfortable on the tailgate and begin, ''I had a daughter only six weeks older than you. She fell into the lake and drowned. The whole family nearly drowned trying to get her out of the water. His voice became nearly a whisper. ''I guess we all drowned in our own way.'' He took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, ''After she died, our family fell apart. My wife drowned in her grief. She died three months after we buried our daughter. I was good for nothing. I started to drown in the bottle. I wanted to escape the ...

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