-First posted in Multiply-April 26, 2009-
Excerpts from “Fathered by God” by John Eldredge, Author of books: “Wild at Heart,” “Awakening the Dead.” From: http://www.ransomedheart.com/
…In my heart I want so badly to help men toward the healing and the holiness that God has for us. (And I know full well that as a man comes into deeper restoration, the women in his life rejoice!) God has established these essential stages which every boy and man must pass through in order to become a whole and holy man.
It is a source of shame for many men, and a deep cry of the heart – to find someone to show them the way, to initiate them through the stages into a genuine masculinity.
The longer we work with men, the more deeply convinced we are that every boy and man needs fathering to help him through these stages, which I’ve called the Beloved Son, Cowboy, Warrior, Lover, King, Sage.
The other crisis is our fatherlessness – both as men and as a society. Really good fathers are hard to come by. But this is where Christianity comes shining through (again). God is our Father.
It is such a simple truth we stumble over it. But it is perhaps the most beautiful truth we will ever come to know. Man or woman, our destiny is to come home to the heart of the Father, and find in him the life that Jesus knew. And I can assure you – finding God as Father and receiving initiation from him as a man is one of the greatest revolutions that ever happens for any guy. It is life-changing. And it is a deep blessing for the women in his world.