Do you have a great dad, or is your father a jerk? That may sound a bit harsh, polarized, or disrespectful, but it seems to me that most kids give their dads a lot of slack and think they’re wonderful unless their fathers outright abandon them, and then I think the adjective “jerk” is an understatement. But anyway, how do you feel about your dad? Have you ever told him?
A Letter to Dad was released in 2009, so you may have already seen it, but if you haven’t, I recommend it, particularly if you’ve had anything less than a positive relationship with your own father. The movie is based on the true story of a young boy (“Dan Donahue”) whose father developed an addiction to alcohol that shattered their family and left the child with a heart full of confusion, pain, and bitterness.It was only years later, after Dan grew up and fell in love, that he recognized the importance of trying to have a healthy relationship with his father in order to have a truly happy relationship with the young woman he would like to marry. Dan’s struggle to express his feelings, confront his father, and figure out how to forgive the man who had hurt him so badly comprises “the touching story of how faith and love can overcome a lifetime of pain and anger.”And, as one reviewer points out, the story has an “awesome ending”…one so full of grace and redemption that it made me teary-eyed, especially knowing it was based on a true story. Our heavenly Father really is the God of grace and miracles!
Whether you’ve had a happy or troubled relationship with your father, please consider seeing A Letter to Dad, and then—possibly— even writing a letter to yours!
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”