FATHERS TO SONS: "HERE I AM"

When I think about the importance of fathers and the emotional connections they can share with their sons, I recall the biblical father-son pair of Abraham and his firstborn son, Isaac. Coming late in Abraham's life, through the intercession of Sarah's prayers to God, Isaac represents a much loved and special son, the inheritor of all the future promises to the Hebrews, and the beginnings of a paternal line that leads from the Old Testament into the Christian world of the New.

Although the story is still read today as a testimony to a man's faith in his God, as reflecting the monotheistic ethic of ending human sacrifice on behalf of God, it also could symbolize the bonds between fathers and their sons. While Abraham's love for Isaac was tested by God, in the end Abraham and Isaac—father and son—were reunited in a profound and meaningful way.

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