God is often referred to as 'Father'. The bible makes this reference many times. Jesus calls him Father, Abba, which in those times was equivalent to calling God 'Daddy'. A familiar, and intimate term. Not at all the big bearded man on a high throne looking down on you.
He fought fires for a living, he wasn't just my hero he was a uniformed hero who drove a big red truck, saving houses and lives. He created for me the image of a father who was loving, funny, forgiving, strong and kind.
And so, when I hear the phrase 'God the Father' I don't recoil thinking about someone who would sooner strike me down than look at me. Someone who waits for me to make a mistake so they can pour out their wrath.
Instead, I think of a man who lights up when I return after a long absence, who doesn't want to let go when it's time for me to leave, who loves me unconditionally, who encourages me to be everything I was born to be, who believes in me. This is the lens through which I see God.
So thank-you Dad, for being the kind of earthly father that made it easy for me to accept the love of the one in Heaven.
|Me, My Dad, my sister and my oh so un-photogenic Mom :)|