Monday, June 19, 2017

To the Fathers

To those who’ve lost their father and grieve today, I am with you.

To those who were never fathered, I am with you.

To those whose children lack a worthy father, I am with you.

To those trying step-father, I am with you.

To the fathers who’ve been rejected by their children, I am with you.

To the mothers who’ve been both mother and father, I am with you.

To the fathers who’ve buried their babies, I am with you.

To the fathers who do this parenting thing alone, I am with you.

To grandfathers who long to know their grandchildren and are denied that privilege, I am with you.

To the women preparing to walk down an aisle alone, I am with you.

To the adopted fathers who are on that beautiful hard path, I am with you.

To the children who were terribly abused by their fathers, I am with you.

To those fathers whose children have chosen a path filled with their own destruction, I have been there.

To the fathers battling addiction so they can be present to father, I am with you.

To the fathers consumed with thoughts of how they’ve screwed this fatherhood thing up, I am with you.

To the mothers who’ve never been fathered and don’t know how to let someone father their children, I am with you.

To the fathers-yet-to-be who long for children, I am with you.

To the exhausted, over-extended, struggling fathers, I am with you.

To the confused and broken fathers, I am with you.

To the fathers filled with joy, I am with you.


~ God

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Road Ahead

Another year has passed and though the page has turned the road I am on is still the same. 


The Road Ahead
~ by Thomas Merton

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following 
your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never doing anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by he right road
     though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Amen.