Parenthood is one of the toughest, most challenging, and singularly important things that anyone does in their life. Nothing else that we do shapes the future more directly than how we raise our own kids. In truth, we are all reaping the fruit of both the triumphs and the failures of the long generations of fathers and mothers who’ve come before us. Just as their DNA has traveled down through time to make up the very cells of our beings, their spiritual legacy and the choices they made as parents have spanned the generations affecting our own parents, ourselves, and the generations to come. Though we’ve no control over the specific genetic code that we’ve passed down to our progeny, the Holy Spirit is ready, in every moment, to meet us in sculpting, as in the clay of the garden, the legacy and blessing we leave as an inheritance for our children and our children’s children.

But then diapers explode, pipes leak, milk is spilled, bills come due, and life happens. In the face of blinding activity we so easily forget who we are and the eternity waiting to be unlocked in every moment. The Lord can seem as hard to find as the car keys under the crib or as distant as the memory of a good night’s sleep. And so we make mistakes, say things we regret, and are grateful that, as Brennan Manning said, “All is Grace.”

In our culture’s crushing focus on individuality it seems like we’ve lost the ability to ask for help from our neighbor while real community seems nothing more than a romantic ideal. So we stumble alone trying to survive until the weekend, or at least bedtime, not dying but hardly thriving.

There’s a better way. God has more for us.

Mother/Father Magazine is dedicated to embracing parenthood as a messy yet beautiful calling, to invite healthy, authentic, and hope filled conversation about the most important thing on earth; family. It’s about cultivating and unifying the creative voices of mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers. Mother/Father Magazine invites its readers and writers to share in the struggles and joys, the triumphs and failures, the wisdom and the grace we all encounter both as children and as mothers and fathers. We want to inspire wholehearted, brave, grace-based relationships inside families, within churches, and across communities.

We’re all in this together.