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To my beloved father,

When I look back on my life, all I can see is you following and supporting me all my life.
Whenever you took me to enjoy swimming in the Caspian Sea, you taught me to get connected to nature spiritually and to feel God’s presence everywhere. You taught me to fight for my life and believe and to never give up.

I remember your embarrassment when I questioned your belief. I remember the worry in your eyes when I talked about my doubts, my future and my ambitious plans for life. I remember your loneliness when you realized I am grown enough to pursue my dreams, and when you realized you cannot keep me near you to provide protection against all the odds in the world. And I remember you broke when I expressed my fear of death, because you knew you could not protect me from this. But even under these circumstances, what you taught guided me to the right direction. You didn’t have answers for all my questions, but you taught me to be fair, to be right, to forgive, to love, to be respectful, and to believe in God.

During my entire life, I was always searching for meaning in life. I craved for the truth and looked for something to soothe my thirsty soul. And I found all my answers in Christ. I found love, grace, and freedom in Jesus. To calm my deep-rooted fear in life, I found eternity in him.
This might hurt you or even embarrass our family that your little girl abandoned your religion and beliefs. You might feel shame and even betrayed, but I am sure you will forgive me if you know I am happy and free, and eternal. Your little girl isn’t afraid of anything in this world because she found a loving Lord that she can rely on and rest upon under any circumstances, even in her most frightening journey, death.

BB

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