Relationship Restoration

I just got off the phone with my dad.

My dad holding my nephew, Trey

We talked about my brothers, his work, my family and church stuff.  We just chatted about anything and everything.

So?  You talked to your dad on the phone.  Whoopie, right?

Well, it is a big deal.  A miracle of God’s restorative power kind of big deal. Until February of last year, my dad and I had not spoken in thirteen years.

And every time we speak since I am amazed at what God can do when we choose to forgive and allow relationships to be restored.

(Do I think that every relationship needs to be restored for true forgiveness to take place? No and my friend Brooke does a beautiful job of talking about that in greater detail here)

Back in the fall of 2008, while I was recovering from the medical emergency that nearly took my life, I was deeply convicted that God had kept me on this earth for a reason (several reasons really).  I set out, in faith and guided by my life chapter in Isaiah 58, to restore broken relationships.  And, being the overachiever I am, I started with the most difficult, my dad.

I was so scared.

I remember praying and crying out to God to let this be okay.  Let my family understand why I need to do this, let my dad be receptive, if he hasn’t changed from the man he was in the past help me have the strength to walk away.  I am obeying you, Father, in not turning my back on my own flesh and blood. Honor my faith, Lord.

I prayed all those things.

And since that day in February of 2009 that I stepped foot into my father’s house (and met his wife and my littlest brother) God has proven faithful.

He answered “Here am I”.

He has rebuilt the ancient ruins of my relationship with my earthly father, He has repaired the broken walls of my heart.

I talked to my Dad today and told Him thank you for keeping His promises. (Italicized portions are taken from scripture of Isaiah 58)

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  1. restoration of relationships (especially family!) are such a beautiful thing and such a HUGE testimony to the Grace of Christ. so glad you've experienced this. what a blessing!

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