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Musician Sings For His Dying Father In The Hospital

When Mike Rayburn was just a young man, his father bought him a guitar and it completely changed his life. Mike and his dad always had a rocky relationship, but when his father was passing away they came together to reconcile. Here is what Mike said about these last times together "Let me say something about grace. I was always the one to confront Dad about the fatal dysfunction in our family. I forgave him completely many years ago and in recent years we've gotten along, though there were still issues. Bedridden now for 15 months, 2 months ago our last issues came to a head. I came to his bedside, just him and me alone, I listened to him, I countered what he said with the truth, directly, firmly, I never accused or condemned him, never got angry, but I also looked him straight in the eye, never blinked, never backed down. To his credit he faced the truth, accepted it, and repented for it. It was very emotional. I held his hand and through tears we each prayed, forgave, and beyond forgiveness we experienced grace. I believe grace is the single most powerful force on earth, precisely because it does not come from earth, it comes from God. It's the only way this world will heal, I know that. I love my father and I will miss him... and I am finally, very thankful for him. Peace. I love you, Dad." Seeing Mike play 'Cats In The Cradle' for his dad is just beautiful!

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