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Greater Love Hath No Man

Leslie Brown

On Saturday, a hero was laid to rest; University of Alabama swimmer, also on the Dean’s list, John Servati, who gave his life that another might live.

In a world of “every man for himself” with little regard for others or society at large, John held up a retaining wall long enough so his girlfriend could escape to safety in the aftermath of a tornado in Tuscaloosa Alabama.

John was a “giver” who volunteered coaching his swim coach’s son’s baseball team and was remembered as one who “pushed me as a person”, said a team mate, his big smile, handshake and heart. University of Alabama is known as the “Crimson Tide”, which reminds me of another crimson tide from the hymn, “Grace That Is Greater Than All My Sin”



Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.

That “crimson tide” speaks of the ultimate sacrifice given once and for all.






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