Cynthia goes to see him, and when she comes home she says she's not going to divorce Louie.
He's relieved about this, but angry that she's had a religious awakening.
She manages to drag Louie to one of Billy Graham's sermons, but when it comes time to pray, Louie leaves. That night, he has another nightmare about the Bird.
Cynthia gets Louie to go to another sermon, and Louie remembers a still day he experienced on the raft with Phil: "That day, he had believed that what lay around them was the work of infinitely broad, benevolent hands, a gift of compassion" (5.38.33).
When they're asked to pray, Louie tries to leave again, but he has a flashback to his time on the raft.
He says, "If you will save me, I will serve you forever" (5.38.40).
It is the last flashback he has—he comes back to reality, and walks toward Billy Graham a saved man.
He realizes that "He was not the worthless, broken, forsaken man that the Bird had striven to make of him" (5.38.56). Instead he is… unbroken. Boo ya.
He dumps out all his alcohol when he gets home, and feels like "a new creation" (5.38.46).