The Encounter Collection by Stephen Kenn explores the significant act of passing an object on from one generation to the next. It is in this exchange, accompanied by words of wisdom, that a boy is often called to a life of courage. While aware that everyone's life experience is unique, and often painful, this film focuses on the experience of a boy losing his father and yet retaining the love and passion that was intended for him.
Before you conjure up images of Jacob wrestling the angel or even go to thoughts of Christian lingo to describe being persistent in prayer, stop. I'm talking about physically wrestling with my kids at night when we pray at bedtime. It might not fit into a five point outline in a book on fathering and how to train kids to pray, but I do think it conveys much more to our children than just a Christian checklist.
Winter in Canada often locks you indoors for at least 6 months of the year with grey skis and bone chilling temperatures that the best stews and fires can't warm. When its -30 C and your key snaps off in your front door's dead bolt (honestly happened last week), you wonder how and why people ever settled here to begin with. But I think I know why, as much as the cold tells me other wise. It was for the adventure of it.
If you're like me and work behind a desk and live in a climate that doesn't beg you to come outside half the year, you miss adventure. Going places you've never been and connecting...
WELCOME TO THE FINE ART OF FATHERING
Maybe you know that sick feeling in your gut when you wake up one day and realize you are living and doing exactly what you said you'd never do. The last few decades of time have washed away the memory of promising yourself that your future would look different than the men you saw as a boy. That dollar signs wouldn't mean that much to you and you would live by the motto "work to live, not live to work".
When I was a kid I dreamed of those days and the weekend trips with my boys I'd someday have. Teaching them to whittle sticks, climb trees, bait hooks...
I love books and even more, free books. Mark Driscoll and the folks at Mars Hill Church released this ebook a while back. It is available in a hardcopy as well, but the downloadable PDF is free. I've greatly appreciated the free resources Mars Hill has offered over the years in publications and video teachings.