My wife and I were at a school fund raiser recently and the speaker was a well-know politician. He told a story how his father took him to an event once were the state governor was. His dad told him to take a good look at the governor because this would be likely the closest he would ever get to any governor.
His dad also taught him to work hard, value his family and told him not to look too far up the family tree because he wouldn't like what he saw. When he became a teenager, of course he did just that. His father was right, he didn't like what he saw.
He went on to become a US Governor himself. He said he appreciated how his dad started a new family tree, in spite of what he was given to start with.
My wife saw me a little down today, and brought this event up. She told me that sometimes you just have to cut the old family tree down and start a new one. We have two wonderful sons together, 11 & 13.
She's right. I cannot force other people to be loving. The only person I can effect is myself and others close to me.
I wasn't even notified when my mother passed away. I was the "baby" of the family. Mom and I were close (as we could be) .
I have faith in the mercy of God on her behalf. And, while I'm still here I will work hard so that my future generations won't have to deal with the fall-out of a robotic, unfeeling, cruel religious organization masquerading as prophets of God.
Who knows, maybe one of my kids will be governor one day?
God Bless You!