An open letter to my Dad

Hi Dad!

I’ve been wanting to write this letter and thought that today would be a good day to write it. I know that once you divorced mom that things were so different—our family was no longer a unit, especially after she remarried. Even though we had a terrible time growing up in that environment, I don’t blame you for it and I don’t want you to feel like any of it was your fault because it wasn’t. I don’t know why things we experienced as children happened, but they happen because we live in a fallen world that’s full of sinners. I have given it all to God and He has healed me, and I think it has made me a stronger person.

Going to the PI when I was 15 was the best thing that could have happened to me. If I had never went and had you as an influence during my teenaged years then I think I would have been a totally different person—I wouldn’t be the kind who would try new things or see events from a positive perspective.

My house growing up was dark—it reminds me of when the Bible talks about being void of God. I wish I could have lived with you but mom would not have allowed it—at least I had a little bit of sunshine when I visited your home. I was able to express myself and feel safe.

I still remember when you played tennis with me and how you attended some of my soccer games and other events. It meant a lot to me.  It was during that time that I tried out for every sport and every club and activity at school—I never had the freedom to do any of that before, and whether or not I made it on a team didn’t matter it was just the experience of doing something new that I loved.  That desire to do new and exciting things has carried on into my adulthood. I owe all that to you.

Anyway, I am glad that God saved you because I look forward to spending eternity with you in Heaven. I am glad that God has blessed you with a loving and godly wife—you deserve happiness. I love you, Dad! Thank you for being in my life.

_______

Is there someone in your life that you want to thank? Bless them by sending a quick note of appreciation today.

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