57 Candles

Today my dad turns 57. I have no idea what his plans are for celebrating… or even if he is. I plan to call and sing Happy Birthday to him on the way to work. Part of my heart breaks for him really. What does a man who has now lived 57 years celebrate when he is surrounded by people he has not known for a full 10 of those years? What does he think about when each of us reach out to him in our own way? Does his birthday make him sad? I have heard the older you get, the more birthdays make you reflect on your death day… =/

Even still, I want to write a tribute to my father. Regardless of his bad choices in the past, every passing minute is a chance to change who you are. I do not hope he changes for me, I sincerely hope he changes for himself. I want him to discover that true happiness is not in serving self, but in serving others.

Lord, I pray you would bless my father on today to get a glimpse of who YOU truly are so that he can then see himself and be convicted. I pray he sees how following his own ways have led him to where he is and that only YOU can bring him back. Show him you love him still. Show Him your love through me. Make me the daughter he needs to have in his life to experience an even greater redemption than he could imagine. And if not… Lord I pray that he would not have to suffer in this life. The pain of loss is more than most can bear. Deal kindly with him. Give him days of inspiration and hope. At least for today, give him a happy day of 57 candles. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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About Keila Harris

An MBA graduate with an unparalleled ability to keep a team focused on the goal with clear deliverables to produce for specific results. I am a self-starter. I began a nonprofit organization in 2012 called the DBMH Project, Inc. and then authored a book as well. I love the intersection of business and technology and solving problems alongside colleagues dedicated to their work. I like to focus on growth strategies through SMART goals and accountability. I believe power is in the execution of constant learning and open, humble self-improvement. Therefore I read incessantly and expand my network at every opportunity. #PayItForward #SuccessIsTheJourney

One response to “57 Candles”

  1. Jerry Rodgers says :

    This tribute and prayer moved me to tears. James tells us that “The prayer of a righteous [wo]man has great power in its effects” (Jas. 5:16 RSV). I have no doubt you will see the effects of this prayer in due time.

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