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Topic: Facepalm (05/15/14)
TITLE: The Empty Flowerpot Hanger
By Tim Pickl
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He would buy me a pretty hanging flower and give me a hug.
But over the years some unresolved issues festered in his soul;
He asked for forgiveness but for some reason <i>he never let it go</i>.
Justification and rationalization built up inside until it erupted:
He angrily laid out reason after reason why he was <i>disgruntled</i>.
He blamed me for all the dysfunction he felt his life was in:
If he could have that day he would've blamed me for his sin.
In the days and months and years following those arguments,
I cried and prayed and fasted and asked my son for forgiveness.
Oftentimes I would push my palm into my face in disbelief:
"Why is this happening?" "I don't understand!?!" <i>And weep.</i>
As I stare at the empty flowerpot hanger shining in the sun,
I cannot help myself as I recall the love and hugs from my son.
It's not the missing flower that makes me break down and cry:
It's his dishonorable anger and attitude that has me horrified.
Great memories rewind in my mind as I look at the hanger;
Then I realize more and more how much my son is in danger:
My Christian son is going the <i>wrong way</i> on life's course;
And-after all this time-I finally understand: we're <i>"divorced"</i>.
In the end, I gave the whole situation to God and now I wait:
Some day, I believe and trust he will return to me, <i>by faith</i>.
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