Abba, Father, Daddy

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“One afternoon in New York City, an extremely popular opera star was scheduled for a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. A famous tenor was to sing and every seat was sold. But just before the curtain rose, a disappointing announcement was made. The famous tenor had fallen ill and his role that afternoon would be sung by an unknown substitute.

So the performance began and the substitute tenor made his entrance and sang his first aria. Usually, that solo was followed by thunderous applause. This time the audience sat silent. Then, something happened. A small boy, seated in a box near the stage rose and addressed the singer. In high voice, heard by everyone in the opera house, he exclaimed, “Daddy, you’re wonderful!” Then suddenly, everyone was clapping furiously, clapping and wiping away tears. (Jeffrey B. Rice, The Love of the Father) “

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, and we pray the words “Our Father…,” we are reentering into a relationship. Our Heavenly Father looks upon each of us with favor. We are each the pride and joy of the Father. To worship is to respond to God and say “Abba, Father, Daddy- you are wonderful.” Our relationships with human fathers may run the gamut of human emotion, good and bad, but our Heavenly Father always looks upon us with wonder and unconditional love.

Blessings to you this Father’s Day for you are a precious Child of God!

Still in One Peace,
David J. Jensen


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