quick follow-up:

last Sunday, for the 1st time in my life, i was able to sing the songs that address God as "Father" without flinching or having the word catch in my throat. smile

Lee
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We are often troubled, but not crushed;
sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;
there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend;
and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
- Paul, II Cor 4:8-9