Awaken, O Sleeper

(Excerpt from a work in progress)

“He’s been up there for a while.”

“What do you mean, ‘a while’?”

“Two, three years.”

“He works up there?”

“I don’t know about work.  I’m talking about living up there.  ‘Been living up there … for two, three years.”

“What’s his name.”

“Winter Man.”

“Winter Man?”
Brown Bear Yawning /

“Yeah.  Winter Man.  He hides, he hibernates, kind of like a big old bear.  He has winter in his heart.  He sleeps about 12 hours a day.  Don’t ask me how I know.  I just know.”

The listener of the story about Winter Man thought about what he had heard, then spoke: “It is one thing to hide in God, in His shadow, in His protection.  But it is another thing, entirely, to try to hide from God,  I’m curious which one Winter Man is.”

This post was written for men in their ambivalence, their tension, between moving toward God … and hiding from God.  One is about  humility and accepting / embracing God’s goodness, grace, mercy.  The other is about self contempt, shame, struggling with the reality that we (men) can actually be loved, because of our mistakes, because of how far we are away from God, missing the mark.


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