Racial Reconciliation Is Holy Work—My Family Is Proof

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When my grandparents found out my mom was dating a black guy they threatened to put all her stuff on the sidewalk.

She married him anyway & in 2008 my grandparents PROUDLY voted for Obama.

People grow & evolve. Give space for that.

I feel very lucky to have grown up in an interracial family.

It was my grandfather who walked me down the aisle at my wedding because my dad was marrying Seth & I.

My grandpa passed way 7 years ago, but he was the second best man I knew growing up.

He would carry a copy of my first book in his pants, & would pull it out for strangers. “This was written by my granddaughter!” He’d say beaming.

My parents have now been married 39 years and have exemplified for me what a marriage should be. My dad will tell you today that my grandpa became a father to him. They loved each other.

Grace in this journey toward racial reconciliation will be crucial. It is holy work.

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This post originally appeared at I’m That Wife: Marriage & Motherhood, published with permission.

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Heather Thompson Day
Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker and contributor for Religion News Service, Newsweek and the Barna Group. She is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. She is passionate about supporting women, and runs an online community called I’m That Wife which has over 100k followers.  Heather’s writing has been featured on the Today Show, and she has been interviewed by BBC Radio Live. She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. She is the author of 6 books; including Confessions of a Christian Wife and How to Feed the Mediavore. She resides in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband, Pastor Seth Day, and their three children, London, Hudson, and Sawyer Day. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.