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This is a truly touching story and written very well. You've had alot of hurt and God blessed you (and therefore your dad) both with your ability to forgive him at the end. If it is possible, try to think mostly of those last good memories, give the Before Memories to God and let Him throw them far from you, as God does with our sins after He forgives us.
04/19/05
Thank you for sharing reflections of this tragic, but redeemed relationship with us. You had some wonderful, graceful thoughts to share. I was especially touched by how you described the miraculous changes God made to your heart:

"As a neglected and abused daughter, I was cold to his apology. But as a Christian, forgiven and redeemed, how could I not extend the same forgiveness to him. The words that came from my mouth surprised me."

At the same time both a sinner and a saint - by God's grace. Nice work!
04/21/05
You picked a good title for your piece - it suits well. Your faith and its effect on you is challenging. God bless you.