Sunday, March 15, 2009
Seeing Our Parents Realistically
A Christian perspective on forgiveness ~
From Dr. Stoop’s “Making Peace with your Father”
Think about your own mental image of your father.
If the picture you carry of him seems too good to be true, there is a good chance that it isn’t true. I am certainly not advocating that we set out to adopt a harshly negative view of our fathers – or of anyone else, for that matter.
It is entirely right for us to view our parents with charity and respect. But we also need to adopt a realistic view of our parents, acknowledging both their strengths and their weaknesses. Only when we see them as they truly are can we relate to them on a solid footing of reality. Only then are we free to grow up and become healthy adults ourselves.