The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!
By Lisa Barker
Two individuals, caught in the life created by their families, meet...If the book was not fiction, most individuals might have questioned, "was it fate?" that brought them together. You decide. I like to think that, sometimes, miracles do happen and people are brought into another's life because, just because...If you are someone who still believes it's possible, then you will love Inheritance just as much as I did...
Joe and Daniel were fraternal twins. Daniel excelled in sports and in school and was his father's favorite. Joe enjoyed cooking and helping his mother and had even been embarrassed and ridiculed by his father questioning his son's manhood... At the same time, that father was constantly unfaithful to their mother. It is hard to tell whether their mother had started out as she was, but later in life, she had become totally critical and judgmental.
Perhaps part of it was when Daniel announced at his graduation dinner that he was gay... and immediately was disowned... Perhaps it was the constant fighting of the parents as well. but, one day, while Joe was helping his father wash and polish one of his antique cars, he was especially affectionate to Joe and that day gave him the keys to that car (which had earlier been promised to his brother).
Then, before Joe could even get into the house, his father sat in the driver's seat and killed himself...
For many years, Joe had gone completely into alcohol and sex to try to forget his past, but for four years he had been sober and was now the chef/owner of a bar & grill. It was on his birthday, at the age when his father had committed suicide. None of his family had remembered his birthday or its significance--after all, they had been predicting for years that he was exactly like his father and would probably follow his same path...
Joe was so lonely that he decided to go to the home of one of his former lovers, who hosted "get-togethers" routinely. That night he drank too much and became sick...
Wendy was at that party, hidden in a room so the guests wouldn't see her. Her sister clearly was ashamed of how she dressed and that she was part of her own history of being called "trailer-trash." Wendy had searched to find her sister since their grandmother had died. Secretly Wendy had hoped she would be met with open arms and provided a new home... Instead she had been told to leave the next morning.
Seeing Joe on the ground had brought Wendy quickly to caring about somebody other than herself. She got dressed, pulled her small suitcase and clothes together, and went out to offer help and to drive the guy, who clearly was unable to do so, home. At the same time, she would be able to leave and get some place where she could start to figure out what she was going to do.
I wish I could say that this quickly resulted in a wonderful "happy-ever-after" life... Not!
Too much had happened in their lives, leaving feelings of loss, of anger, of guilt:
"Guilt is useful because it doesn't feel good. It should stop us from doing things that are wrong or harmful to others and ourselves. And when we do something wrong, we need to feel true sorrow and then turn to God for forgiveness. The next step is making up for what we have done..."
The author has used a wonderful story to share much that all of us can ponder. This is more than a simple love story, albeit a beautiful one. If you allow yourself the time to consider all that these two individuals did "in reaction", you just might see yourself in some way...and, in turn, receive the joy and grace available...