DNA testing has become a very useful tool in the forensic world. Decades old criminal cold cases have been solved, and perpetrators have been convicted. Many others have been exonerated, disturbingly so, after spending many years in prison for crimes that they did not commit. DNA testing has also been useful in the scientific world, helping researches know more about human origins, mutations and diseases, many of which now can be predicted, managed and even cured due to DNA testing and other scientific discoveries. DNA testing has even become a common and affordable way to find out your ancestry. I recently received such a kit in the mail, submitted a saliva sample, and am now awaiting the results. Although I am aware of the origins of my relatively recent ancestors, I have always curiously wondered from where my earliest relatives originated. What if there is a surprise?  Perhaps I am not as fully of an English and Irish blend as I have long thought. What if there is an ancestor who has always been kept a family secret? I am intrigued by such prospects, and hopefully, I may soon find out, and will keep you posted!

    Such was the case of a family who recently found out about a deeply buried secret. The revelation of such secrets can be hurtful and divisive. Betrayal of trust in families can be harmful to relationships and difficult to heal. Have you, or someone you know, ever been the victim of a hurtful family secret? Sometimes, it is best to talk about it with someone outside of the family. You also have the opportunity to share your story at our next Lifetree Small Group meeting. In the episode, “Family Secrets,” meet a woman who accidentally discovered a secret that her mother kept from her until she died. Discover how she was able to work through the pain of not only losing her mother, but of the revelation that her mother had been hiding something important from her for decades. Join the conversation on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in room #130. (Note we are NOT meeting this Tuesday, October 18th.) It only lasts an hour, and it might change your life! Please invite a friend or family member, too! Lifetree Small group welcomes everyone. For more details, see www.facebook.com/lifetreecafehilliard.