About the Author
Mae Chambers and her husband, John, have had a saved marriage since 1985. For years, they have seen the tremendous impact of sharing their own story of healing with hurting couples. Fascinated by the "power of a story," Mae teamed up with her daughter, Erika, to publish a book FULL of saved marriage stories. With a shared passion to see broken families restored, Mae and Erika founded SavedMarriagenetwork.com, which provides online access to some of the most effective marriage-saving resources available today.
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Once she mailed that letter to Clint, Penny left the outcome completely in God’s hands. She was at peace for the first time in many years. Until she came home late from work one Friday evening and was greeted by the blinking red light on her answering machine. She never expected that blinking light to represent a message left in that familiar, deep southern voice—a voice she hadn’t heard in over a decade. His message said, among other things, that he had received her letter that day and would make “one more attempt” to call at 8:00 p.m. Penny was absolutely stunned at hearing Clint’s message. She fell to her knees and sobbed in desperate prayer. Penny was not about to miss that call. After calling her best friend in utter panic, Penny sat alone with God and waited. As the minute hand struck the top of the clock, her telephone rang. Clint’s first words to her, spoken in that deep, familiar drawl, were, “Is that you?” It’s me, all right, she thought, but a very different “me” than the young woman you once knew. The humility and gentleness in his voice spoke of Clint’s own transformation. He was a changed man, toting a tone of one who had encountered a similar level of intimacy, mercy, and forgiveness from God that she had. Their conversation lasted five hours. By the end of it they had put everything on the table. They cried, reminisced, and even laughed together. Most importantly, they exchanged words of regret and forgiveness well into the early morning hours. As they said their good-byes, they prayed together and wished one another well. Their work was complete, and Penny never expected to hear from Clint again. God, however, was working behind the scenes, gently drawing their hearts back together as He had so gently drawn each of them back to Himself. The day after their marathon phone call, Clint was busy writing a ten-page letter of his own, which Penny would receive just two days later. "To My Dearest Penny, This is the longest and most honest letter that I have written since you and I were together. Last night was one of the most eventful nights of my last twelve years. I had a lot of pain and guilt in my heart because of the way you and I ended our relationship. What I am getting ready to say right now is something I never thought I would say to you… Penny, if all you wanted from me is my forgiveness so you can move on with your life, you have it, and I want you to enjoy it. I want the best for you, my lady. May the Lord bless you. But I still have unconditional love for you in my heart. This is not meant to play with your emotions or with your heart… Boy, this next part is hard to write, Penny. If it is your desire to meet, I say that you fly from California and I fly from Florida, and we meet somewhere in the middle and spend some time together to pray and do some healthy talking about our ministries and what we feel God wants us to finish for Him for the rest of our lives on Earth.…I would like to see if you and I could get it right this time. " His words turned Penny’s heart upside-down, as they had so many years ago. She called him that evening, and they began to seek God’s will about if, when, and how they might begin bridging the wide gap between them.