We take time each year to honor and appreciate the fathers in our lives.  Just as we have expanded our metaphors for God beyond the traditional “God the Father” so we have broadened our understanding of who the people are who “father” us.  They may or may not be our actual biological parent.  What makes a father is the relationship — the sustained care and guidance and love.  So we honor all fathers, no matter how they came to the role.

Deuteronomy 29:5 on Aging

Old age isn’t a one way street. You can change from hiking briskly in the mountains To walking slowly in the valley, Looking at birds, flowers and trees.

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Mother us gently, Father us lightly

"Mother us gently, Father us lightly, God of our being, ground of our care..."

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