There’s something magical about a Winter sunset. What a great way to end the day!
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This is a personal story of how a childhood wound was mended by the power of forgiveness.
My Daddy left my brother and me at 12 and 7 when the marriage to our mother fell apart. A Father-Daughter relationship is the first modeled male/female relationship. A father’s absence in the life of his daughter makes her prey because she has no idea of her value, therefore suffering from low self-esteem and choosing mates she otherwise wouldn’t even consider.
It wasn’t until I became a parent, I understood they (both) gave the best they could with the “tools” given. The only way to have a different relationship with my children was to accept my parents with compassion; it wasn’t easy to do especially since their “scars” weren’t healed but it was necessary for my healing.
In November, I learned “Daddy” was hospitalized and would no longer be able to live on his own. I visite him in the hospital before Thanksgiving where we shared a moment together. No words were spoken, yet we spoke volumes with our eyes. I kissed his forehead and told him I loved him. During our last conversations, he struggled to speak but used all his energy to tell me he loved me on Christmas Eve – that would be our last conversation. He transitioned on Christmas evening and though there is grief there is also peace. He left this life knowing in spite of past decisions, compassion had freed him from the hurt, and anger so he could move on.
I will miss hearing his voice over the phone but I know his pain and guilt is gone. I hope this post inspired you to release old hurts so you can experience true freedom.
Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I discovered the December Daily project in 2016 and you can read all about that here: https://thekreativecorner.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/december-memories/
Here are a couple of my favorite pages from my 2018 holiday journal.
Capturing these memories each year has become a labor of love and a gift to my grandchildren so they understand why this holiday is so special.
What’s your favorite holiday?