Spark of Hope #86 – Perfect Gift for Dad

Spark of of #86 –  A comic stuck with me after seeing it over twenty years ago. The caption read: “convention for perfect parents.”  The illustration: hundreds of empty auditorium seats, with one man sitting there alone.

In recent months, I’ve been posting some perfectly wonderful moments with my parents. Some readers may falsely assume that a perfect childhood led to such moments.  In reality, I spent my early adulthood putting my parents’ imperfections under a microscope — dissecting painful disappointments. Then, during a retreat, I received a chunk of timeless wisdom:  There is no perfect parent, other than our heavenly Father. That aha-moment led me to write a letter to my mother, and then to my father. I forgave each for their mistakes and short-falls.  It now seems all part of a grander plan. My parents’ recent move to my neighborhood has meant fresh parent-child moments, appreciation of  similarities and differences, and understanding over short-falls. I believe this journey is making me a better person … and it’s making Huge Outcomes Possible Everyday …  with HOPE the gift of forgiveness is perfect for Father’s Day, and beyond!


…And two years later, my baby brother joined our family portrait. 🙂

Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

One thought on “Spark of Hope #86 – Perfect Gift for Dad”

  1. Thank you!, Maryann! Now, I just gotta say that you touched my heart with this post about as deep as any. Been right there with you in the past and am in a sweet spot with my Dad like I never thought possible or probable. May God fill your heart with many more opportunities with your parents in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. That is my hopeful prayer for you! :))

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