Father’s Day

Forgiveness is The Best Father’s Day Gift

It’s more for you than for him

Deb Palmer
Middle-Pause
Published in
7 min readJun 15, 2024

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elderly man’s hands in his lap
Dad’s hands, at peace and harmless in his lap. Photo by author.

‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. Genesis 50:17 NIV

The purpose of this story is to zero in on a father’s power regarding the well-being of his daughters. Side note: I realize they hold as much influence with sons. For now, I’ll stick with what I have experienced firsthand.

Today, love for Dad comes easy. It’s real, even vibrant.

That’s not because he is gone — out of sight, out of mind.

No, it emerged in the wake of hard spiritual work and, oh, so many prayers begging for willingness to forgive. I am forever grateful that forgiveness was in full bloom during his last couple of years and lives on in my soul.

A Hallmark moment would fit nicely here — one with reciprocated amends, hugs, shed tears, and confessions of love. You know, the perfect, happy…

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Deb Palmer
Middle-Pause

Author & Freelance Storyteller — Sweeping humor and gut-wrenching truth from under the rug —