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Last week’s podcast episode was the story of how I located my birth father by searching through public records and making lots of phone calls. It was using one bit of information to lead to another to another to another.

Click here if you missed episode #216.

I also mentioned in the episode how God orchestrated four important events in my life to all occur on April 4th, decades apart.

It’s one of the most comforting things I’ve ever experienced. Albert Einstein describes it like this,

“Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.”

Until next week, I wish you all the joy that you can wish.*

John Certalic

You Were Made for This is the podcast sponsored by Caring for Others, a missionary care ministry.

* The Merchant of Venice, Act III, scene 2

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