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"Love is patient, love is always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Cor. 13:4,6).

Moses Mendelssohn, the famous German-Jewish philosopher was a small, hunchbacked man. He fell in love with a beautiful and charming young women named Frumtje, daughter of a prosperous banker.

Several months after he had met Frumtje, Mendelssohn visited her father to ask for her hand in marriage. The father replied, "The truth is that the girl is frightened by you because...." Mendelssohn interrupted, "Because I am hunchback?"

"Yes," said the father, "because you are hunchback." Mendelssohn then asked to see the daughter on the pretext that he wanted to say farewell to her.

He found her in an upstairs room where she was busy with some needlework. She avoided looking at him during the conversation which Mendelssohn eventually directed to the subject of marriage. The young woman asked if he really believed that marriages were made in heaven.

"Of course," he replied. "And something very unusual happened to me. As you know, when children are born they call out in heaven that this one or that one will get this or that girl for a wife.

When I was born, my future wife was thus announced, but it was added, 'She will, alas, have a terrible hump on her back.' I shouted, 'Oh, Lord, a girl who is hunchbacked will very easily become bitter and hard. A girl should be beautiful. Good Lord, give the hump to me and let her be well-formed.'"

Frumtje was deeply moved. She saw Mendelssohn in a whole new way, and so she became his faithful and loving wife.

Copyright © Power Principles for Power Living by Dwight Thompson
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Dwight Thompson
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Dwight Thompson has become one of the most powerful evangelists of our time. Known worldwide for his legendary ability to captivate and move an audience, he has devoted his ministry to touching the lives of all those who are lost and hurting with a message of hope, found through salvation and deliverance in Jesus Christ.

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