There’s a bit of background story to my headline here. I think it goes without saying we should always seek out and give forgiveness as it arises.
About a decade ago back when my wife and I had just gotten married we were at her parents house. My father in law restores cars and owns a really nice looking Dodge Brothers cherry red coupe from the 30’s with suicide doors (it looks awesome!). He spent about 12 years restoring it and was very near and dear to him. My wife is not such a fan since he spent a lot of time with the car instead of the family. I don’t say that to put him in a bad light but to point out my wife’s sentiments about it.
Anyway, way back when, I was out in their garage to get something and I was looking at the car. I was opening the engine cover (which if you’re not familiar with those cars did not have the hoods that we’re used to today, it opened up in a side ways manner and hinges open). When I did this I scratched a dime sized amount of red paint off the front wheel well area. At the time I panicked and told my wife what had happened. When her father eventually found out he asked what happened and my wife simply said the dog did it. Being a coward I let it go.
Years later and here we are today. I’ve reverted back to the Church and now this issue has been weighing on my mind. I’ve gone to confession and all that. My father in law and my wife and I haven’t been on speaking terms for about 4-5 years now and my wife still struggles with getting the courage to even talk to him.
Should I tell him what happened and apologize or has there been so much time that has passed that I should just let it go?
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