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How To Forgive And Move On

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MoStory   Posted By Dr. MO   An old man once had an argument with his only son. He tried to apologize many times but the young man would not listen. The father never gave up because he loved his son with all his heart, but the son would not give in, because he was too blinded by his pride.

Years passed and as the man lay in his deathbed, he made a final attempt to reconcile with his son, but still the son would not listen and so the father died with a heart full of grief. During this time the son too had a child who had grown up into a young adult. The son never mentioned his father to his own child and when the young man asked about his grandfather he would tell him not to ever bring up the subject.

One day, the son and his child were involved in a heated argument and the child ran away as his father had done many years before. The man was extremely saddened and this time he had no pride, but felt completely isolated.

He was afraid that he had lost his son forever and for the first time after many years he turned to God in prayer. At that moment something filled his heart and he realized how his father must have felt many years back.He realized just how much he had hurt his old father and only at that point he felt the extent of the hurt he had caused. The more he thought the more he understood how unjust he had been toward to his father, the man who had given him so much through out his life. With these sad thoughts coursing through his mind he felt asleep on the couch.

Next morning when he opened his eyes he found himself tucked in his bed and in front of him stood his son. The man could not believe his eyes, and the two hugged each other while they cried together.  After lots of apologies, the young man explained that up till the day before he had felt lots of hatred towards his father, but during this night he had had a strange dream that touched his heart. He dreamt that an old man was hugging him, and as he embraced him, all his hatred turned into love. The old man then told him to forgive and forget. He then explained that as soon as he woke up he came running to his father’s house.

At this point the man told his son that on the same night, he had learnt an important lesson, and how he had realized how much he had let his father down when he was younger. The son wanted to know more about his grandfather who he never met or even saw, and this was the most appropriate time.The man went to an old bookshelf and fetched an old family album. He then pointed out an old photograph of his father and when the son saw it, he was dumb-founded. When his father why he was so awestruck, the son then told his father that the man in the photograph was the same one he dreamt of the night before.

The father and son looked at each other, began to cry… tears of joy… and held each other for what felt like a wonderful eternity.

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