Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar said last week her alcoholic father became sober when he was “pursued by grace.”
The Minnesota senator shared her father’s story during an interview Saturday with CNN’s Van Jones, who asked the politician how her dad’s alcoholism impacted her life and career.
“I literally saw my dad climb to the highest mountains, but sink to the lowest valleys, because of his battle with alcoholism,” she recalled.
Over the years, Klobuchar said her father was arrested and charged with three DWIs, the third of which presented the possibility of jail time, a potential consequence that prompted the Democrat’s dad to finally seek treatment.
“Then, in his words, he was pursued by grace,” she said, a clear reference to God’s biblical promise to chase after us, like in Luke 19:10, which reads, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Klobuchar went on to say it was his faith as well as the community of supporters around him that “made the difference” for her father, who is now 90 years old.
“It has motivated me to say, ‘You know, everyone should be able to be pursued by grace,’” the senator told Jones. “Whether you get addicted to meth, whether it’s opioids, whether it’s alcohol, whether you have a mental health problem. It shouldn’t just be my dad.”
Redemption, she added, is difficult to understand “until you’ve experienced it in your own life.”
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