We tried to solve our problems with the best psychologists of our country; we even made a blood pact by signing a document in which we promised not to attack each other anymore, but it did not work out.
Richard Shakarian with Alberto and his wife in Panama. At that moment, I was invited to go to a Fellowship meeting. At the beginning, I did not understand, but I liked the testimonies which started to fill a great void in my life. They told me that I had to forgive my father. It is very hard to forgive a person that has maltreated you for 33 years. But one day a member of the Fellowship asked me to kneel down and kiss my father’s feet.
It was a very difficult moment, but I obeyed. When I stood after kissing his feet, my father started to cry. He hugged me and for the first time in 33 years, which was my age at that moment. He told me the words that I had been looking for since my childhood: “SON, I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!”
We were hugging and kissing for several seconds and that was the beginning of my spiritual and economic restoration. God made us a gift of love and harmony. For almost two years I was reconciled with my father, developing a beautiful friendship until the day he died in August, 2003.
God helped me to solve a situation that I could not solve with my money, nor with my studies and intellect and either with psychological therapy. It was a situation that I could not solve with my own strength, but a situation in which God made a miracle.
Now I have everything I have always desired and I can proudly say that I belong to the “HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!” ■