"But Jesus answered them, 'My Father is working until now, and I am working.' This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:17-18)
Whenever Jesus spoke about God, He said God was his "Father." Honestly I have not examined scripture purposely to prove this, but I cannot recall any place He does not refer to God as His Father.
It's a name of tenderness. Intimate connection.
Perhaps the name "Father" does not seem that intimate to you. What about the name "Abba"? In the Hebrew language, to address one's father, the name used in Jesus' time and even today is "Abba." When I lived in Israel, it was a delight to hear this dialog between a father and his children, who called him "abba."
Abba seems tender, because it is. You see, Abba means "Daddy."
So read a text by Jesus putting it in American English terms:
"My Abba is at work until now, so I am at work.
- My Daddy is at work until now, so I am at work."
"Our Abba who art in Heaven...
- Our Daddy who art in Heaven..."
Jesus tells us, that like Him, we are His Father's children. You and I are our Father's children. Jesus conveys we are in the very same family with Him!
Up until Jesus lived on this earth, the Jewish people did not utter God's name, but only used words to describe God's amazing character. Therefore, it was a complete shocker to hear Jesus call God by name. More so even a name of close connection - family and intimacy was just scandalous. If Jesus is God's Son, then He inherits all of who God is and therefore, is on par with God. Scandal! Heresy!
Yet, despite the rumors of scandal and heresy, Jesus never backed down. Rather, He continued this manner of speaking and being straight to the cross.
Jesus knew the blessing of a close personal relationship with His Abba and He wants that for us. He wants to share this Abba, Daddy with each of us. This Abba who tells us who we are, who calls us into maturity, who heals our hearts and relationships. This Daddy who nurtures and disciplines; leads and guides; provides and protects.
Intimacy with Him produces holy desire. First, we desire to repent. Then, we are enabled and empowered to act like Him. This is the outcome of a close relationship with our Abba: To love as He loves; to forgive as He forgives; to walk in our baptism, to live a life free!
I consistently write music of our Abba's love and mercy because it is a foundation, a bedrock. To keep God at arms' length means just that: keeping the lover of our souls outside of our inner selves. Thus, like Adam and Eve, we keep hiding from Him, others and our true selves.
He calls you home. Come home to Abba, to your Daddy.
Whether you have been following me for awhile or more recently made an acquaintance, when you hear my music, I hope you are listening. Succinctly, I strive to worship the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength; in Spirit and in Truth.
Let’s see, you probably read that I like popcorn. Popcorn is a friendship thing — share your popcorn! I drink coffee — I enjoy espresso. I have lived in many cities — too many to list. I am not perfect and rather broken — it is God Who makes me whole. (part of my healing story is here). In my journey with the cross and resurrection of Christ, I have discovered that change is possible (and requires hard work). His provision on the cross and resurrected life are witness of God's power to heal, restore and mature; all that is unwanted, broken and weak. With God nothing is impossible!
I define Community in two words: kneeling and yielding. We really become more than we think we are when we love. But we cannot love well, if we do not receive God the Father's love. So here it begins: a journey of redemptive, healing love. Invite me for an event and I'll share more!
I believe God cherishes this thing we call community. I mean I really like this part! For me, life with Him and one another is intrinsic. I just love serving the Church, being right where God is! Therefore I believe God intends for us to grow in how we treat one another. For me, somehow the shared experience of worshipping God helps us. He changes us from the inside out.
For all to come to our Holy God personally through His Son, Jesus is my primary motivation. I hope you will grow to know Him intimately, truly worship Him and allow Him to enter your suffering and joy. To allow the Father’s warm embrace to welcome you home, heal & comfort you; again and again. This is a journey of coming home. Come along and take the journey. Your community awaits.
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At this season I hope you will be purposeful in taking time out for prayerful reflection. Although I did not set out for the purpose of creating a ‘Christmas album’ Coming Home easily relates. Among others, So In Awe, a reflection of Mary’s Magnificat, was written while I lived in Israel, not far from Bethlehem.
Used in a variety of church settings, SO IN AWE Piano/Vocal and choir Sheet Music is now available for Worship Directors. Immediate Download available here
Coming Home CD via Amazon here