I grew up in a home where alcohol was abused, and so my childhood years were pretty rough. I became a Christian at the age of 13, but the alcoholism in my family escalated, and it was a very difficult time at home. The turning point for me was when I got my master’s degree. I began work on my professional paper entitled “Adult Children of Alcoholics.” It’s really amazing how God used a secular paper to open my eyes to what alcoholism was all about. I was finally able to begin to separate the illness itself from my dad as a person. That was a huge hope for me because I learned I could have a relationship with my dad.
He was in the hospital at the time. There was a tugging at my heart. I went to see him and I could not leave. I told him, “I gotta do something with you before I leave that I’ve never done before.” I asked him if I could pray with him. When I opened my eyes, he had tears running down his cheeks. He told me he loved me, and he thanked me. It was like God had just given me a peace with my daddy that I had never had before. That was the last conversation I had with my dad before he died. God had done a healing in me. God’s Word will never return void.
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