seriously. things were incredibly tense with us for a long time, largely because of...well, me. To be fair, Mental Health, Inc. (predictably) made things worse...a lot worse. blah blah blah. The vast majority of parents would --not-- reconcile with me, much less do as much as parents have done and are doing for me. I Praise God for His goodness, mercy, and kindness and love. OK. So, I had a Galaxy 6. It was Christmas present a little while ago. My first smart phone. Today, I was getting ready for a bath. There's built-in shelves in the walls in my bathroom, behind the toilet. For whatever reason, I had the phone on me, even though I had no plans on actually using it. I tried putting it into the shelves, and somehow...it landed in the toilet water. Awesome. So, I fried my phone, and... ....despite everything, my dad got me an upgrade. He said it wasn't too expen$ive, somehow; a phone in the family plan was due for an upgrade or something, etc. Point is...I --was-- a horrible offspring. I mean, of course I had my reasons. Every wretched human being has reasons for being wretched. Guess what? Not only do the vast majority of people --not-- care, people as wretched as I was invite scorn, disgust, derision, even...physical violence (long story...). Yup. My dad and I were once seriously at odds with each other. I think he still blames me for the whole thing, which is fine. The Lord has saved me, by a miracle. Now that He's worked in my life, I see...I am blessed beyond measure. I think especially in America, especially with a son, parents...dads in particular...cut the cord quickly after stuff like what I put my dad and mother thru. In my case, in particular, this happens...and yet, I have not gone to prison, I do not have a felony, I have not gone to a state hospital, I have never been homeless, and now... By the grace of God, my dad and I are reconciled enough for him to do things like this. The situation is somewhat nuanced, complicated. I see now that human beings are, relationships are, and family relationships...definitely are...complicated, nuanced. Yup yup. Today is another day in which I am forgiven, saved and set free, by the grace of God. I am a New Creation in Christ Jesus. In my case, this has played out physically, even, which is a huge blessing for obvious reasons. And... ...as part of my new life in Christ--life and that more abundantly--I have parents who love me, even though I was who I was, I did the things I did, and now....well, I definitely need them, and they could easily get rid of me and save some $$$, call it a day. Before The Lord saved me, actually...when I'd first moved home again, just saved, I overheard them talking about doing things like that. Can't say I blame them, not too much at least....I got pushed too far, and so did they. Now, The Lord has moved so mightily in my life that even though there are ups and downs here with my parents, even though there's still some tension now and then, even though I am most definitely a work-in-progress.... my dad was kind enough to get me a fancy new phone, and he didn't even make a huge deal out of it. Oh, and we're having country ribs today, out of the smoker. My life is far from perfect, but...God has brought me (and my family) so far, in such a short period of time. I Praise God for His goodness!