If you'll recall, Moses put a veil over his face, first to hide his glory, then to hide the fact that it was fading away. That, too, was a picture of a deeper reality. We all do that. We all have veiled our glory, or someone has veiled it for us. Usually some combination of both. But the time has come to set all veils aside:
I am here to tell you that you can get your heart back.
During a long layover at O'Hare, I studied the man who sells popcorn from a little stand in one of the terminal hallways. He sat silently on a stool as thousands of people rushed by.
"Without a friend you cannot live" said Thomas à Kempis. Episode 10 of the Killing Lions video shorts goes behind the scenes into how deep friendships are formed and fought for.
The need to feel strong, to have what it takes, and to find validation is deep in all of us. True validation comes through attempting tough challenges and through the words spoken over our lives.
Your wounds brought messages with them. Lots of messages. Somehow they all usually land in the same place. They had a similar theme. "You're worthless." "You're not a woman." "You're too much…and not enough." "You're a disappointment." "You are repulsive." On and on they go. Because they were delivered with such pain, they felt true. They pierced our hearts, and they seemed so true. So we accepted the message as fact. We embraced it as the verdict on us.
Masculine initiation is not a spectator sport. It is something that must be entered into. It is one part instruction and nine parts experience.
Oh! Ephraim is my dear, dear son, my child in whom I take pleasure! Every time I mention his name, my heart bursts with longing for him! Everything in me cries out for him. Softly and tenderly I wait for him. (Jer. 31:20 The Message)