Mailbag! How do I forgive my formally alcoholic father?
Wretched Radio | Air Date: August 14, 2023
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I am a 24 year old female, and my dad abused alcohol my entire childhood until I was 17. He was never physically abusive, but it was a fearful time for me and I learned to avoid my dad or treat him indifferently in order to save myself some heartbreak. Even though he it’s been 7 years since he went sober, I still find myself distant from him, and he attempts to do things to be closer to me, but I push him away, because he doesn’t address the great hurt that he’s inflicted on our family. I’m not sure he’s a Christian, but he claims to be. I struggle to respect and honor him. What should I do? -Anonymous
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