"Without a friend you cannot live" said Thomas à Kempis. Episode 10 of the Killing Lions video shorts goes behind the scenes into how deep friendships are formed and fought for.
The need to feel strong, to have what it takes, and to find validation is deep in all of us. True validation comes through attempting tough challenges and through the words spoken over our lives.
Your wounds brought messages with them. Lots of messages. Somehow they all usually land in the same place. They had a similar theme. "You're worthless." "You're not a woman." "You're too much…and not enough." "You're a disappointment." "You are repulsive." On and on they go. Because they were delivered with such pain, they felt true. They pierced our hearts, and they seemed so true. So we accepted the message as fact. We embraced it as the verdict on us.
Masculine initiation is not a spectator sport. It is something that must be entered into. It is one part instruction and nine parts experience.
Oh! Ephraim is my dear, dear son, my child in whom I take pleasure! Every time I mention his name, my heart bursts with longing for him! Everything in me cries out for him. Softly and tenderly I wait for him. (Jer. 31:20 The Message)