As I have seen my parents in my own mistakes, I realize how they must have needed my forgiveness because I needed my children to forgive me for the mistakes I made. This was quite a revelation for me. I have not been a perfect parent because I did not have perfect parents. I made mistakes when I was young and by the time, I learned a better way, my children were grown. When I thought about how deeply I wanted them to forgive me, God opened my eyes to my own parents and asked me to forgive as I was asking to be forgiven. This freed me from old resentments and healed my inner child’s wounds. They were doing the best they could with what they knew and who they were just as I had done. I found emotional freedom in the circle of life.
My children today have forgiven me for those toxic years, and we are very close. My daughter is 34 and has blessed me with two grandchildren who are the apple of my eye. I am young and healthy enough to enjoy raising children all over again with her. She is a homemaker and a much better parent than I was so I must have done some things right. Now I get to apply all the lessons life has taught me about parenting and do a better job this time without all the responsibility. My daughter is my best friend, and being a grandparent makes life new again in the circle of life.
My son is 30 and today I count him as my other best friend. He is an artist and a deep thinker who likes to analyze what went wrong in his childhood in order to recover from it. While these conversations have been painful, they have brought us closer and healed our family. He has forgiven me as I forgave my parents. Now he showers me with love and wants to bless me with his time and attention every chance he gets.
Pain and sorrow; love and forgiveness are ours in the circle of life from generation to generation.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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