There is a genealogical blog I enjoy reading and today the author shared some shocking revelations she recently discovered about a beloved deceased parent. Please feel free to check out her original posting (it’s not too long) and learn about the many difficult facts she is wrestling with…a cautionary tale for us all along the lines of “There but for the Grace of God go I”. Learning about other’s profound challenges can also help us put our own difficult times into perspective and generate an attitude of thankfulness for the challenges we face in our own lives. My comments to encourage her are in italics below…Blessings to All, Valerie
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Thanks so much for sharing your heart rending story…what incredibly powerful & painful revelations to now have to wrestle with. We live in such a fallen, broken world, and even those we love can let us down in unimaginably cruel ways. One way I’ve come to grips with some of the pain of the past is to think of our life experiences (and the choices of our forbears, to some degree) as threads woven together into a tapestry. In this life we only ever seem to view the backside (no pun intended!) of the artist’s creation. However, the God’s-eye view/heavenly perspective is always of the other side…a completed master work of art! Those painful experiences, from our view seem as random, inappropriate threads that would surely ruin the tapestry’s beauty…but God Himself, the Master Weaver, takes what the Enemy meant for evil, and brings out profound good for those of us that love Him!
Regardless of your father’s seeming failures one thing he surely got right…he helped to bring about your existence in this world!!! Certainly your life and the beauty, joy, and inspiration you bring to others are more than enough justification for his complicated existence….Please take your time to “process” these new revelations and when you are ready plow ahead into this new as yet unexplored territory…covering your journeys with prayer, peace, and grace.