Fathers are a complicated business.
Because we do not begin in the darkness of their womb
but can only become captives of their hearts.
A father’s love is there at our beginning
to catch us as we breathe our first.
Those brave enough to open to the miraculous,
accept us and find themselves forever changed.
A father’s love awakens
the first glance into our eyes — and often before,
when they allow the slow process of growth
to be their gentle teacher.
A father’s love is fierce and tender
building a protection around their young.
Showing the best
of the energy of masculinity:
for giving of self in the world —
a dynamism to be focused for the common good.
A father’s love nudges
so we begin to stand on our own two feet.
It nurtures a sense of self in us
that gives courage,
in confidence, to leave the nest.
A father’s love teaches wisdom:
that power is to be shared.
A father’s love shows that we can do it,
but it’s best not to go it alone.
A father’s love ensures we know ourselves cherished,
because father-love chooses us at our start
and each day ever after.
A father’s love is the warm bath of welcome —
ready to receive us when we return home.
Eager to hear the adventures we have enjoyed in this world
as we have given our gifts at the altar of community.
A father’s love is needed —
so desperately needed —
all throughout time.
Too often misunderstood
by the world.
A father’s precious love is our eternal guide.
~ Pastor Jule (15 June 2021)