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Family rift healed on Thanksgiving Day

Her husband wouldn't speak to their son for years.

From the November 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Many Years Ago, my husband and son had an argument over a business they shared. Heated words were exchanged, and the partnership was dissolved. After a month or so, my son wrote a letter of apology, but my husband felt he couldn't accept it. I reminded him of the importance Jesus places on forgiveness in the Sermon on the Mount, See Matt. chaps. 5–7 . but he found it impossible to apply Jesus' teaching in this case and continued to have no contact with our son.

The years of alienation were extremely difficult for our entire family. Gettogethers could never include both father and son. My daughter and I prayed often for an end to this breach. And we were comforted by this statement from Science and Health: "Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return." Science and Health, p. 57. But for the longest time, there was no sign of improvement.

The years of alienation were difficult for our entire family.

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