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