Weeks after gospel superstar Kirk Franklin reunited with his father, Dwight Allen, the Grammy-award winning songwriter has shared the sad news that Allen passed away this week.
He previously opened up to followers about his decision to forgive him before it was too late. Franklin detailed in a lengthy Instagram post last month that he received an anonymous call informing him that his birth father, who put him up for adoption, had less than six months to live.
“I’ve lived my entire life hating this man,” Franklin wrote in the caption of a photo of him kissing the top of his father’s head.
“He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough…to this very day,” he revealed. “I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own.”
Franklin shared news of his father’s passing in tear-filled video… watch it below.
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So….. Two days ago, I received an anonymous call that my biological father, who I never knew, has 3-6 months to live. I’ve lived my entire life hating this man. He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough….to this very day. I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own. But what I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness….and that is wrong. Wrong for him, me, and the God I proclaim to represent. How can I preach what I don’t practice. So I flew to Houston yesterday to do that. It’s painful, it’s a process, but how disappointed I would be in myself for this man to leave this earth without being forgiven. He deserves to receive what God gives me everyday. Pray for him, and for me. God this is hard…I weep as I write.
“So many emotions. Being abandoned, being adopted, and when I got that call, I knew I didn’t want to continue living in that. So, I fought past it, moved past it and got on the plane, and I’m so glad I did. I just got a call tonight that he passed.
“I want to encourage anybody that may have a hard time moving in forgiveness. It’s painful, but it’s necessary. It’s necessary because they deserve it, you deserve it, and both of ya’ll deserve the same grace that we all want God to give us. That amazing grace.”
Watch Franklin share the news: