Sunday, July 11, 2010

Abba Father - "Daddy"

I just had a week of precious time spent with my family. My husband, our kids, my brother and sister-in-law and my mom and dad spent the 4th of July week at my dad and mom's new cabin they are building. It was so much fun!

I love spending time with my Dad and Mom. My mom is an encouragement to me. She has shown me what love is in many ways. I remember when I was pregnant and in labor with our first child, one of the things that I was feeling was ... I just want my mom. I'm not sure what she could do at that point, but just having a mother's heart close is a comfort. She will always hold a very special place in my heart and I love her so much.

As the days were passing this week and now especially since I have been home I have been thinking particularly about Dad's. I love my daddy. Even though I'm now an adult, married with children of my own, he is still my daddy. He has shown me unconditional love. He has shown me what it means to feel safe and protected. He has always taken care of me and I know he always will.

I went to the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit that was held in MN this last April. Peder Eide lead worship one of the days. He lead us in singing "Abba I belong to you" as we raised our hands as if we were asking our daddy to pick us up.

The lyrics are:
Abba I belong to You,
I belong to You.
Abba Father.
Abba I belong to You,
I belong to You.
Abba Father God.

I kneel now,
And feel how I've felt here before.
This pausing,
Is causing my heart to explore.
Why when I'm weary so often you seem far away,
Still I will say.

I do realize that I am blessed to have a daddy here on earth that has shown me love and protected me. It saddens me to think about all the children on this earth that can not say the same, for whatever reason their daddy here on earth is unable to care for them.

That is when Peter Eide's song started playing in my heart. We belong to a Father that loves us so much. So much that He was willing to send His son to die on a cross for us so that we can have eternal life with Him. Abba Father - "daddy". It is my prayer that all the children that are "Fatherless" here on earth will feel the awesome presence of their Abba Father - "daddy" they belong to.

I love watching our five kids with my husband. The daddy in our house is fun and spontaneous. Our kids love to play with him. It has been a blessing to see the love he has for his kids as we journey through life. It will also be a blessing to see love grow between our child that we bring home from Ethiopia and his or her daddy.

It saddens me that adoption starts in a place of hurt for each child. I can not wait to meet the child that God has picked out to be part of our family and watch how God can redeem that place of hurt. And, as we continue down this journey to our child, I want to continue to live the words of Isaiah 1:17. "Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless"

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