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I’m so proud of our niece.
She’s had an extremely difficult life. Her mother took her own life by suicide more than three decades ago. The youngest of the three children, she was only nine at the time. Their father eventually married “the other woman” but the pain, devastation, and emotional chaos of losing your mother under such circumstances, well, it can’t even be put into words.
The “baby of the family” is now 40, and after years of silence she contacted us. She was told that her uncle had acquired the suicide letters her mother wrote to her three children.
The letters were located and placed in the mail, but not before being prayed over. Please, Lord, bring healing into her life and do the spiritual work that needs to be done in this devastated family.
Months of silence passed. Did she get the letters? How is she handling all of this?
Then a phone call. She called to say that the letters had been a real turning point in her life. “Life is too short,” she said. She doesn’t want to hold on to bitterness and resentment against her long gone mother and emotionally distant father.
“After I read the letters I called dad,” she said. “The first thing he said to me was, ‘I don’t want to talk to you.’”
But the young one persisted and they ended up talking for two hours. They now regularly speak on the phone. He wants his youngest to come visit him and she looks forward to seeing this man, an earthly father that has heaped pain upon pain upon her young soul. “I just want us to be a family again and to move forward. I’m so happy,” she said.
This baby of a broken and hurting family is not a Christian. Yet unaware, she’s fully embraced one of Christ’s most important commands: forgive your enemies. In doing so she has opened her life up to a loving God who can pour blessings into her life.
“God is working in your lives,” I pointed out. There was silence on the phone. The rift is being healed with her earthly dad; not yet with her heavenly Father.
She is the baby of the family and God is using the baby to bring healing.
Out of the mouth of a dear babe.
I am so proud of our niece.
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