Award-winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin shared with his fans on social media that he has made peace with his terminally ill biological father who along with his biological mother gave him up for adoption at a young age. His father has less than six months left to live.
Franklin recently travelled to Houston to meet his father for the first time after an anonymous phone caller informed him of the state of his father. and jump start the healing process.
Posting an emotional picture in his father’s embrace, Franklin accompanied it with a detailed deliberation on forgiveness Instagram:
“So…..Two days ago, I received an anonymous call that my biological father, who I never knew, has 3-6 months to live. I’ve lived my entire life hating this man. He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough….to this very day. I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own.”
The father of four then admitted that after reflecting on his anger, he decided to walk down a different route.
But what I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness….and that is wrong. Wrong for him, me, and the God I proclaim to represent. How can I preach what I don’t practice. So I flew to Houston yesterday to do that. It’s painful, it’s a process, but how disappointed I would be in myself for this man to leave this earth without being forgiven. He deserves to receive what God gives me everyday. Pray for him, and for me. God this is hard…I weep as I write.”