Published February 24, 2018 by SMBC

By Angie Fox

Unfortunately, my dad and I are currently estranged. This past Christmas I had reason to hope that we might be coming to a place to mend our relationship. Initially, things looked potentially promising. However, shortly after spending time with him, a couple of events happened that led to more strain in our relationship. Finally, at the beginning of this year, I received a hurtful letter from my dad, which sent me reeling and led me into a really dark place. When I find myself going through a crisis, I initially panic, not even knowing what to do or who or what to turn to. Then, after the initial ?blow,? I eventually calm down and realize I need to pray.

Obviously. I found God through prayer. I also found God through family and friends, and of course at South Main. I was encouraged and comforted by my family and friends and church family. I was also reminded that I?m not the only one who has conflict/dysfunction/drama in my family and that I am loved and supported. I was also assured that I didn't do anything to deserve the harsh treatment I received. I also found God through other blessings. After receiving that letter, I felt like my life was falling apart and actually felt physically ill. But I was reminded by God of the blessings surrounding me: not everything in my life was falling apart. I have so many blessings for which to be thankful.