I'm reminded this week of a type of courage, boldness and shear perseverance that has for generations marked the human spirit in the midst of tragedy! The CT Experience on so many minds during the last 72 hours or so, brings to mind our own Charity, Job's wife who endured an unimaginable, shameful act of terror - on a much smaller scale. Tories - these men who believed - rightly or wrongly, that our Job - just 23 or 24 years old, was a "loyalist" deserved to be killed. Never mind that he had just returned home to see his wife and newborn son, William...the 'why' and 'how' of this terrible event from 1779 may never be clearly understood. Regardless of these outcomes from 1779 all the way to 2012 - we are buoyed by the obvious spirit of Charity not just to survive, but to thrive. How appropriate that this woman of strength was named Charity. There are already stories coming out of the CT Experience of women of incredible courage, boldness and strength who sacrificed their lives for the future of those who survived by the grace of God! I praise God that He has not forgotten their selfless acts of love. Indeed, these actions that put the welfare of others before self describe on a much smaller scale the love of God that He so loved his created beings in this world that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ - to relate that kind of sacrificial love in a way we could wrap our minds around - to become flesh - one of us from a virgin birth to experience every feeling possible to us from pain to joy! Pretty awesome that the Bowers have the opportunity to share with others, encourage others and offer hope to others that our God has mercifully spared us, too! May this same sacrificial love born from our need for the Savior, Jesus Christ be the continuing story we share to encourage others through such tragedies, both past and present! We have a story of hope to tell - GO TELL IT! Merry Christmas Bowers Family!