The touching story in one of our dailies of a girl reconciled with her father was a welcome relief from all the angst caused by our political situation. The short version is that 21-year old Loureen Wafula had set out on a quest to find her father, who had become estranged with her mother after she was born. Her mom died in 2010 and after a yearlong fruitless search for her missing dad, she wrote her plaintive story on March 13th in the same paper in a desperate attempt to find him.
Against all odds, a couple of people who read her story actually knew her dad, and what followed barely a week later was the stuff marshy movies are made off as she finally met and was accepted by the father she had longed for as long as she could remember. Sample her dad’s words, “We were all so anxious and eager to see her. The distance felt longer than it should have been, and we wondered when she’d arrive”. And “I thought I would never see my daughter again.” And “I am glad that finally, I have found my girl. I cannot trade this joy for anything.”
What a great story! And how appropriate for this Easter season… You see, Easter is not about a child looking for their lost father but for a Father looking for a lost child. It’s about a Father who was desperate enough in his quest that he put aside all dignity and gave up everything he owned, in order to find his beloved. But the Easter story only finds resolution when the missing child get’s to know of and accepts the love of the Father who has longed for relationship with him/her ever since the day they were born.
This Easter, your Father is looking for you. Come home.