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He did not know why he was reading the pamphlet that was handed to him when he boarded the train He had often seen people handing out these little booklets to passers-by The man had even taken a few in the past to be polite but they were always filed in the nearest wastebasket This one was entitled The Gospel of John He had forgotten to purchase a newspaper to read during the ride home for this long awaited three-day weekend So rather than sleep or view the passing scenery the man decided to read the pamphlet It is not that he was unfamiliar with the text he had heard little bits of it on an occasional Sunday However today was the first time he actually read For God so loved the world He gave his only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life He found it hard to believe that God or anyone for that matter would sacrifice his son for othersThe commuter stopped reading as the train entered a canyon along a river He decided the scenery was more interesting than the reading material so he turned his gaze and watched the rock formations of the canyon as they passed his window As the train rounded the final blind curve that would bring them over the river he was surprised to catch a glimpse of the drawbridge as it completed its closing motion He had never seen this before and the grace with which this large structure closed fascinated him It also gave him a bit of a fright because the train was rapidly approaching the bridge This concern was voiced to the conductor who told him that for the first time in his memory the train was running ahead of schedule by approximately twenty minutes The conductor guessed that this might be the reason for the mans observation The conductor assured him neither he
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