Here is a story of the importance of calling out manhood….
One evening, after dinner, Dad gets up, mentioning casually that he’s going out for a few minutes. Outside, he drives to the church, where he’s met by the male elders and the other fathers of boys to be initiated. The men gather in the sanctuary to worship and rededicate their own manhood to God, praying that together they might be a fitting channel for the Father’s Spirit of manhood to each boy. …
All the men then drive together to the first boy’s house, and while a male pastor approaches the door, the men stand on the front lawn, singing old hymns from our Christian heritage.
The doorbell rings. The mother opens the door. Surprised to see the pastor and the men outside singing, she stands there, uncertain.
“We’ve come for Dan,” the pastor says.
“But … but what for?” she asks. “I didn’t know there was a youth group event tonight…”
“This is not for the youth group,” the pastor explains. “This is for the men.”
“What’s all that singing outside?” the boy calls out from the living room. “What’s going on?” He comes to the door, beside his mother. Seeing the men out front, the boy draws up, tense.
“We want you to come with us tonight, Dan,” the pastor tells him.
“Dan!” his father calls out from the group. …
“Dad!” the boy calls – still uneasy, but encouraged to see his father there.
“Come on out, Dan!” his father shouts. “Come out with us!”
The boy looks up at the minister, who nods – and waits. “But it’s cold outside,” the mother protests. “And Danny hasn’t finished his dessert…”
“I appreciate your concern,” the pastor says, then, turning to the boy, “You can go and get your coat. Your dad has already put together the clothes you’ll be needing.”
The boy hesitates, licking a trace of apple pie from his lips. “Come on, Dan!” his father shouts. “Let’s go!”
A pause… then, all at once, the boy spins on his heels and dashes to his bedroom, comes running back grasping his coat. As he steps out the front door, the pastor nods graciously to the mother and puts an arm around the boy. The two head out onto the lawn as a mighty chorus arises. [The group moves to call the next boy out.]
Gordon Dalbey, “Healing the Masculine Soul”, 37-40