My father was here in South Korea for 10 days because that was the time he could get off work. My father, who I still think of as a bit of a cowboy at the age of 60. My father, who I never thought would come off on North American soil. My father, the man I did not talk to for quite a few years.
I was angry with him. He was angry with me. Despite this, God's love, grace, and goodness enabled both of us to move past our hurts. He was able to get on a plane and travel around the world to visit his daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandsons. I was able to provide a comfortable environment, food without onions (he has an allergy), and an emotionally available heart.
Despite hearing many good sermons on the topic of forgiveness, none of them really apply here. What I want to offer is this. As I have fallen more in love with Jesus as Lord and Savior in my life, things that I had been angry about have fallen off of me. I stand a little taller, a little bit more of what God wants me to be.
We are all part of God's design. He is grace, goodness, mercy, hope, and love. He is beautiful. I hope to reflect more and more of His beauty as I learn to walk in His love.