Our Father’s Voice

By May 21, 2019 Blog

I love my dad. He’s smart and kind and honest and — brilliant. ‘You take after me,’ he says. I smile;  but I don’t believe it.  I thought you knew me better than anyone, dad.  Why don’t you see it? How can you get me so wrong?  I’m not the girl he thinks I am. ‘Take heart,’ he says, but I’m scared. ‘Rest,’ he says, but I run. ‘It’s OK to be you,’ he says, yet I pull on a …Read More

Fathers and God

By January 27, 2014 Blog

“I just wish I could understand my father” – Michael Jackson Here’s a question.  When do you leave your parents behind?  When you become a teenager?  When you leave home?  When you start a family of your own?  When they die? Our parents shape our lives – for better or worse. I’m not sure we ever lose the desire to please them. We look to them to tell us who we are – and who we could be. But like us, they’re …Read More

Father Hunger

By July 8, 2011 Blog, identity

I’ve been listening to a fascinating talk by Tim Keller on Genesis 27.  This deals with the story of Esau and Jacob.  Esau is the older son and as such is the rightful inheritor of his father’s blessing. But Jacob, his brother, deceives his father into blessing him instead. Keller argues that all of us are shaped by the same desire for blessing.  We are hungry for someone who knows us, to look into our lives and speak words of …Read More