At one time, Jacob MacCallum had it all: wealth, a wonderful family, and a position as one of the most respected businessmen in Chicago. For the past 20 years, he's lived in an alcohol-induced haze, riddled with guilt for his role in the untimely death of his wife. Estranged from his children and penniless, he embarks on a journey to find his family and seek their forgiveness. On his path to redemption, he encounters a young girl whose friendship might be the key to reuniting the MacCallum family just in time for Christmas.
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The Worst . . . and Best of Us All
This Christmas story of a homeless man, who was once a wealthy business owner hit hard for me. The grown child of an alcoholic father, I know the pain of alcoholism. But nothing like these three grown children did. Jacob MacCallum had it all, a beautiful wife, three healthy kids and a growing business. And he threw it away in a bottle. It was the time of prohibition in America and the Great Depression. From flying high to living on the streets, Jacob seemed beyond redemption. Yet deep inside him somewhere a tiny spark of hope remained. He loved his children. He desired forgiveness. But it seemed beyond his grasp. Too low to pick himself up, someone finally bent down and lent him a hand . . . yet, still it would be a long, long time before he trusted even kindness from an angel sent to him . . . I admit that I listened, thinking that I don't know if I could ever forgive this man . . . and over and over, I was convicted, by my Lord . . . who was I to think such thoughts? Thank God for the Salvation Army who ministers to the lowest of the low, society's rejects, those whom even the church judges . . . shame on us . . . life taught Jacob MacCallum the tough lessons . . . and friendship brought him back home . . . don't miss this story . . . it certainly worked on my calloused heart . . .
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