Fathering Words

A square, faded, black-and-white photograph showing two men in overcoats, and a small boy in a suit, giving the impression of three generations.

I invite you into a period of quiet meditation.
Close your eyes if you wish, and get comfortable in your seat.

Think about the father-figure you carry in your heart.
I invite you to remember the gifts and the wounds you received from that person or persons.
If any feelings come up, just breathe deeply
and honor those feelings as a connection with your own heart…

[Silence]

As we close our meditation,
I invite you to listen to some fathering words that we don’t get to hear often enough.

[Male reader, mindfully]:
I love you, just the way you are.
I have confidence in you. You can achieve your goals.
I will stand behind you; you can depend on me.
I am proud of you.
Stand up for yourself. Your opinions and feelings are important.
I have faith in you.

[Silence]

When you are ready, you can breathe deeply three times, and open your eyes.

About the Author

Myke Johnson

Rev. Myke Johnson is a Unitarian Universalist minister and earth activist in Portland, Maine, practicing and teaching ecological spirituality. She holds a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School. She is the author of Finding Our...

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