My family is very poor even though it is only my father and me. My father works on a local wheat farm. I have doubts that my father has affection for me. If I speak of God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, I am to be severely beaten until he is satisfied with his “handiwork”. Most people of my age would be scared away from their faith; but I am reminded of this verse that Mr. Shepherd taught me: 2 Corinthians 1:5 “ For the more we suffer for the more we suffer for Christ the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ.”
My mother died giving birth to me, my Mother was a Christian and so was my father; but when my mother died, he became bitter to all humanity… and to God. He consistently reminds me of how I will only be let down if I keep following God; but I am reminded that I will never be forsaken by my Savior. I am aware that my father flagellates me only to relieve his own insecurities and emotional pain.
One day I will recite a Bible verse to him and it will change his life.