Kate’s Story | Georgia

I grew up with an emotionally absent alcoholic father. Fortunately I escaped physical abuse, but the emotional abuse was great. I spent a lot of time playing soccer and basketball so I didn’t have to be at home, and then when I was in 10th grade my friend invited me to church. This was honestly the first time I recall hearing about God, but I must have heard about him as a child because I live in the Bible Belt.

Church was cool because I was not at home and people really cared; it was hard because the stories of God as a perfect father made no sense to me. My father was so imperfect, how could God have even allowed him to be a father? If God was such a good father, why was growing up with an alcoholic father? Didn’t He know what was best for me? I struggled and still struggle with the idea of God being a perfect father, but I know in my heart that it is true.

I know it is true because God has sent me many men who are willing to stand in as a father when I needed them most. When things get tough in life, I still tend to fall back into old patterns of thinking, but I know that God is a perfect father.

After my parents divorced I lost contact with my father until he was on his deathbed. I had no idea he was sick, but someone called me and told he was not doing well. I was able to go to the hospital and see my father just a few hours before he died. I know that God himself was in the midst of that time in my life because had I not been able to see my father before his death I would have been paralyzed with guilt and resentment.

Walking in the truth that God is a perfect father is still hard. I love that God is a patient, kind, and loving father who will wait for me, but also pursue me with his unconditional love.
-Kate in Georgia
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