Tag Archives: God as Parent

Abba Father

Christmas
December 29, 2017

Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:4-7.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Several years ago at a Bible study, I said something to the effect that I like the image of God represented by the name Abba since learning the name was a term of endearment perhaps spoken by a small child like our Daddy. I was quickly and strongly corrected by another woman in the group who assured me it did not mean Daddy that the Almighty  God should not be considered in such a familiar way. The whole group was silent for a moment. I certainly had no intentions of arguing with her she has a right to her opinion just as I was stating mine. The leader finally moved on to the next topic of discussion.

I am neither a Hebrew or Greek linguist so I cannot say how far afield I was from what Abba means. I could make the case that for a baby, parents are pretty omnipotent. It is still my opinion that the image of God as a parent, not just my parent but everybody’s parent, is an important theological imperative particularly in our world today.

We seem to have past the phase of sibling rivalry and are a society of some groups who truly believe they have exclusive rights to God as God’s only heirs. Do all of us fall into that pattern at one time or another? How can we learn to live together as the loving Family of God?

Prayer: Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Abba enfold us in your loving arms until we are empowered by your love to open our hearts to all your children. Amen.

All scriptures are quoted from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright od1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights are reserved.

Staying in Rhythm with God

BeginningChristmas
January 5, 2015

 Scripture Reading:
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. — Genesis 1:1-5

The beginning in Genesis might not have been the first beginning since God already was but it is our beginning. Handed down from our own ancient stories, Genesis marks our beginning as humankind and starts our story. It was our first beginning, but the Bible describes many others beginnings occurring in the life cycles of God’s people, humankind, as we have struggled, succeeded, failed, and began again. God the Parent has been present like any parent as we gained eye contact, discovered our hands and feet, experienced the absence of a parent, rolled over, crawled, walked, talked. We might use different words to describe the formation of civilization but the idea is still the same. Our maturation as a people is experienced in rhythm with our relationship with God for good or for bad.

The word resolution means to find a solution to a problem or issue. At this time of year some set out plans to get in better shape, handle our money more wisely, or get that broken step fixed. It might also be a good time to stop and consider what problems we are experiencing in our relationships with God as individuals and as the Body of Christ. Once identified, we should then work with God to regain God’s rhythm of life.

Prayer: God our Parent, help us see when and where we are out of rhythm with you. Help us find and follow your beat. Amen.

All scriptures are quoted from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of American. Used by permission. All rights reserved.