“He felt words whisper from his swollen lips. It was a promise thrown at heaven, a promise he had not kept, a promise he had allowed himself to forget until just his instant: If you will save me, I will serve you forever.”
After emptying his liquor bottles into the sink, Louie went to a special spot of his in Barnsdall Park and read the Bible that had been sent to his mother by the air corps when they thought he was dead.
“Resting in the shade and stillness, Louie felt profound peace. When he thought of his history, what resonated with him now was not all that he had suffered but the divine love that he believed had intervened to save him….In a single, silent moment, his rage, his fear, his humiliation and helplessness, had fallen away. That he morning, he believed, he was a new creation.”