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Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
— Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)
Throughout my childhood I knew little more of my father than his name. One night I began to ask God for direction. As I prayed, I began to think of forgiveness and the importance of honoring my parents. I realized that my fear of rejection had robbed me of the opportunity to experience the joy of a healthy father-daughter relationship. My inability to forgive, fueled by negative perceptions, was preventing reconciliation.
I picked up the phone many times but never made the call. I continued to wonder whether it was the right time and worried that I would be judged for not reaching out sooner. So much time had passed, and we had both missed out on important milestones in each other’s lives. Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would feel if one of us passed on and never got the chance to say “I love you.” With that in mind, I called him. After 34 years of separation, I finally got to reconnect with my father.
Over time our relationship has improved. We communicate nearly every day. My father and I are both grateful for the opportunity to witness the power of God in our lives. This new chapter has helped me to know that God has the power to make all things new.
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