Kirk Franklin was abandoned by his father Dwight Allen at a very young age. But in September, the two reunited after Kirk learned that Dwight only had a few months to live. Instead of being bitter about growing up without his father, Kirk visited Dwight.
On October 16th, Kirk Franklin announced that his father had passed in an understandably emotional video. In addition, Kirk shared a very important message about forgiveness.
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While Kirk Franklin’s loss of his father is sad, thank God the two were able to reconnect.
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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. 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.