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ILLUSTRATION: This November 10th will be the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. It was overloaded with Iron Ore. The didn't realize as they set out to cross that lake that a great Northern storm was coming their way. Massive waves hit the Edmund Fitzgerald and rapidly sank the ship.
Some of you will remember the song by Gordon Lightfoot -
When suppertime came the old cook came on deck
Sayin' ''Fellas, it's too rough t'feed ya.''
At 7 P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,
''Fellas, it's bin good t'know ya!''
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Does your life ever feel like that? Like one wave of adversity after another slams against you till you just don't know if you can take it any more?
ILLUSTRATION: James Merritt says, ''life starts out easy enough''
Things are good - your world is safe, secure. You are bathed in warm liquid, cushioned from shock. You do nothing for yourself; you are fed automatically, and a murmuring heartbeat assures you that someone larger than you feels all your needs. Your life consists of simple waiting--you're not sure what to wait for, but any change seems far away and scary. You meet no sharp objects, no pain, no threatening adventures. A fine existence it is.
Till, one day you feel a tug, the walls are falling in on you. Those soft cushions are now
pulsing and beating against you, crushing you downwards. Your body is bent double, your limbs twisted and wrenched. You're falling, upside down. For the first time in your life, you feel pain. You are in a sea of rolling matter. There is more pressure, almost too
intense to bear. Your head is squeezed flat, and you are pushed harder, harder into a dark tunnel. Oh, the pain. Noise. More pressure. You ...
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