It was a nice summer day in the late 1800s when an English city boy went on holiday to rural Scotland. That afternoon the boy went swimming in a small countryside lake. After swimming out a good quite a distance from shore, he seized up with a severe cramp and began to drown. As his head would come out of the water, he would cry out as loud as he could. It happened that farm boy working in a nearby field heard the city boy's screams and ran as fast as he could to the lake. There the farm boy ripped off his shirt, dove into the water, swam out to city boy, and rescued him.
Several years later the two boys met again. The city boy was still filled with gratitude that the other boy had saved his life. He asked his rescuer what career he had decided to pursue. The farm boy said he was going to study medicine. Since the city boy's parents were quite wealthy and were greatly indebted to the farm boy for saving their son's life, they immediately promised to pay for his medical education. And sure enough they paid for him to receive the best medical education money could buy. And the young man went on to have a brilliant career in medical research.
In fact, in 1928 that farm boy, discovered the penicillin. He later received a Nobel peace prize for his work. That Scottish farm boy was the famous Alexander Fleming.
The rescued city boy also became famous. He received a Nobel peace prize in literature. He was Britain's famous prime minister, Winston Churchill. What's interesting is that during World War IIl, Churchill contracted a case of pneumonia that threatened his life. And had he died, could have threatened the freedom of Britain.
What saved his life? Penicillin. His childhood rescuer saved his life again.
Of course, had it not been for the Churchill's gratitude for saving their son the first-time-Alexander Fleming might not have had the opportunity to study and research with the best education money good buy. Their gratitude for their son's salvation saved his life a 2nd time.
In this passage, Peter wants us to be grateful for our salvation.