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Most of you remember John Wayne as an actor.
You may not know what happened to him before he died.
The following unsubstantiated story, whether true or not, certainly demonstrates the power a single letter can have in changing a life.


A friend's teenage daughter, Cindy, was in a motorcycle accident and had to have her leg amputated. While listening to the story about the man's daughter being in an accident. John Wayne being a good friend, felt moved to respond.  

He wrote a note to her saying:

Dear Cindy, sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you will be all right.  
Signed, John Wayne

The note was delivered to her and she decided she wanted to write John Wayne a note in reply. She wrote:

And she signed her name.
She had just put that letter in an envelope, sealed it, and written across the front of it "John Wayne" when a visitor came into her room to see her.
He said to her, "What are you doing?"
She said, "I just wrote a letter to John Wayne, but I don't know how to get it to him."
He said, "That's funny, I am going to have dinner with John Wayne tonight at the Newport Club down at Newport Beach. Give it to me and I will give it to him."
She gave him the letter and he put it in his coat pocket.
There were twelve of them that night sitting around the table for dinner. They were laughing and cutting up and the guy happened to reach in his pocket and felt that letter and remembered. John Wayne was seated at the end of the table and the guy took the letter out and said, "Hey, Duke, I was in Cindy's room today and she wrote you a letter and wanted me to give it to you. Here it is."
They passed it down to John Wayne and he opened it. They kept on laughing and cutting up and someone happened to look down at John Wayne. He was crying.
One of them said, "Hey, Duke, what is the matter?"
He said (and can't you hear him saying it), "I want to read you this letter."
He read the letter. Then he began to weep. He folded it, put it in his pocket, and he pointed to the man who delivered it to him and said,

"You go tell that little girl that right now, in this restaurant, right here, John Wayne gives his heart to Jesus Christ and I will see her in heaven."

Three weeks later, John Wayne died.


You never know how your witness to another
will affect their eternity!


"We must always look to the future. Tomorrow--the time that gives a man just one more chance--is one of the many things that I feel are wonderful in life. So's a good horse under you. Or the only campfire for miles around. Or a quiet night and a nice soft hunk of ground to sleep on. A mother meeting her first-born. The sound of a kid calling you dad for the first time. There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."

John Wayne

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