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“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!”
— Psalms 139:17

The last news story on Diane Sawyer’s news program, a couple of days ago, was about a young man who was washed overboard from a lobster boat in the Atlantic Ocean. He was in the water several hours before being rescued by the Coast Guard. Most people would not have survived in that situation because they could not have stayed afloat that long without a life jacket.

This young man got an idea of how to stay afloat by taking off his knee high rubber boots, turning them upside down, trapping a pocket of air in the boot and putting them under each arm to act as a life jacket. He was able to stay afloat until being rescued.

It reminded me of a story I read several years ago about Eddie Rickenbacker and his crew during World War II when they had to ditch their plane in the ocean and survived for more than three weeks in the rough waters. They had life jackets but no food or water. They had a survival kit one of the crew grabbed before the plane sank in the ocean. In the kit was some rope, one fish hook with a short line and a few other things but not enough to support seven men...


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