Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Our Father...

We're reading "Lord, Teach Us To Pray in 28 Days"  by Kay Arthur.  Day 5 she asked us, "Why do you think Jesus started with "Our Father, who is in heaven."  In meditating on this, this is what came to me.  If I was to meet an 80 year old missionary who had lived the last 50 years of her life in a rural village and was known to have a dynamic ministry, I would ask a lot of questions.  I would listen really well, and I would keep in mind who she was and what she'd done while I talked with her. Knowing who she is would change the course and nature of our conversation. My attitude toward her would be different.  You can think of a person who would be influential to your line of work as well.  A mother of 10 whose children are all fantastic and has her PHD in engineering maybe? An experienced tree climber and arborist who is known for his skill, accuracy, kindness, and honesty?  A dynamic, passionate middle school teacher who prays for her students and reaches them where they are at?

Then you imagine a morning when the Creator of all things seen and unseen, the Most High God makes himself available for a conversation.  Considering his many titles and his magnificent position of all eternity from beginning to end, of deep inside of our aching souls yet holder of the starry hosts...what a place to start a conversation!  So, Awesome God...what do you see?

Not to mention Father.  "Who of you, when his son asks for a fish would give him a serpent, or if he asks for bread would give him a stone?  If you, then, though you are evil, can give good gifts to your children, how much more with the Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who as him?" A Father who patches up mistakes in our pottery, who inspires us by reminding us of how he sees us, who picks us up out of the dirt when we have a scraped knee and covers it with love....Oh, yes, what a place to start a conversation!

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