The spring equinox lies nestled in our March issue: thawing us out and waking us up from wintery, hazy semi-consciousness. I don’t think I’m fooling anyone when I say that Spring is an obvious symbol of newness, of blooming. Encompassed in the aforementioned thought is Issue //02.
Manhood is marked with Ebenezer Stones. Sacred altars built to honor and remember significant milestones and seasonal changes in our lives. First scar. First shave. First heartache. We call to mind our altars, often, and are therefore marked by them.
Amongst our community, the spring thaw is shifting us and pushing us forward: a salvific new mindset—a newly covenanted relationship—the quintessential, masculine-melodrama of fatherhood. The transitional pressure of the winter-spring battle seen in nature and mankind alike draws out the richness and fullness of our divine masculinity.
In Hebrew culture, olive oil was used to anoint the next king. It marked the man. Pushed him forward. Olive oil is tricky to make. It’s derived from the skin of an olive. The skin is put under immense pressure and releases the most useful and, therefore valuable, byproduct of the entire tree. Analogous to our current thought, don’t you think?
Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—because I am God, your personal God, the Holy of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43:2,3 MSG
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.
Isaiah 42:3 NIV
Try to keep this in mind when the Ebenezer-worthy season surfaces:
You have what it takes.
You won’t drown.
We were born to be battle-tested.