From another brother
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Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught sooften?When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but onlypartially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybesome other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.Bob? Bob from Church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This wasworse than the coming ticket. A cop catching a guy from his own church.A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day atthe office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.
Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform."Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.""Hello, Jack." No smile."Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.""Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good."I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit -just this once."Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about roastbeef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?" "I know what you mean. Ialso know that you have a reputation in our precinct ." Ouch. This wasnot going in the right direction. Time to change tactics."What'd you clock me at?""Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?""Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket."Please, Jack, in the car"
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming itshut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever satnear this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left.There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a meretwo inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip."Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.
Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreatin the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this onegoing to cost?Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killedby a car. You guessed it- a speeding driver. A fine and three months injail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three ofthem. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times Ithought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Prayfor me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left." "Bob"
Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down theroad. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, hetoo, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness andhugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message; pleasepass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully. Remember,cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.