Male Initiation Ceremony

I am no longer a father of boys but men. Recently I performed a male initiation ceremony for my 16 yr old son. My 21 yr old son joined me to welcome him into manhood

In preparation I met with him every week for manly Monday’s. We read together (Bible, excepts of books about manhood) & we catch up on his life. He memorized a definition of manhood -‘a godly man leads courageously, accepts responsibility, rejects passivity, & sacrifices believing for a greater reward’ Found in the book- Raising a modern day knight- Robert Lewis

For the ceremony I asked both his grandfather’s, his older brother, his soon to be brother in law & a missionary older friend to write him a letter on what is means to be a Godly man. I wrapped the letters in leather like a scroll with an eagle feather.

To symbolize becoming a man I gave him a band of brothers ring. On the ring, the cross is a sword because he was recruited to fight along his brother & Me in advancing God’s kingdom. The dots around the cross are the call to a brotherhood of men to fight alongside.

I spoke to him of Gods thumbprint uniquely on his identity. Something God wants him to bring to the world

It is a once in a lifetime honor to do this for my son. Fathers take hold of your God given assignment to bless your children & call out Gods best in them.

All men need ceremony to forge their identity & help define their role in the company of Godly men on the earth. It was an blessing to do alongside my adult son.

I claim this promise over all my children because I am righteous in Christ.

The children of the righteous will be mighty in the land- ps 112:2

About the Author

I am a fierce Jesus follower, husband of 1 beautiful wife , father of 4 amazing people & a restless creative. Former hardcore punk singer, youth pastor, busker, drug counselor, train hopper, long boarder, exotic fruit farmer, missionary, hitchhiker & Seminarian. Current blogger, podcaster, and corporate cubicle farm dweller in marketing.

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