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Love and Taxes

December 6, 2008

TELLING THIS STORY ON VIDEO



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This story about my dad is from my book, Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World.



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My dad always supported me no matter what. I'm four months old in this photo.


At thirty-four, I was unemployed with a wife and twelve-year-old daughter to support. I didn’t have highly marketable skills and was feeling more desperate by the day. Two months after I lost my job, my tax guy told me I needed to make a $2,500 payment to the IRS in thirty days. I was already heavily in debt and had no idea how I was going to pay that month’s rent, much less the looming IRS bill. I had to repeatedly remind myself to breathe.

A few weeks later, my dad asked me to meet him for lunch. We lived seventy miles apart so we met at a Wendy’s in Monticello, a town halfway in between. We sat down and, without question, without judgment, he (more…)