Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Abba

Meditation for Day 3 from the Northumbria Community morning Prayer

The Cry to God as 'Father'
in the New Testament
is not a calm acknowledgement
of a universal truth about
God's abstract fatherhood.
It is the Child's cry
out of a nightmare.

It is the cry of outrage,
fear, shrinking away,
when faced with the horror
of the 'world'
- yet not simply or exclusively
protest, but trust as well.

'Abba Father'
all things are possible
to Thee ...
Rowan Williams

4 comments:

terrytimm said...

bj - this reading hit me hard this morning. williams has a unique perspective on the abba deal. i found it especially compelling as i attempt to feast in the f'ed up world.

Sarah Louise said...

I like this. It will take a while to digest, as good writing does.

Terry L. Mann said...

BJ,

I am sure you have not seen my post the day before you posted this, and I KNOW Rowan Williams had not. It is the same thought though. It is what I have said Paul meant for years, and to my shame, I have never read Williams.

Terry

Stushie said...

I wrote this in May of last year.

Galatians 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."

When I was growing up, one of the biggest pop groups was the Swedish band "Abba." I can remember watching them for the very first time on television. They were participating in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, an international competition in which singers and groups from every country in Europe performed live and were judged on their presentation, song and lyrics. You could say it was a European Battle of the Bands. It was a very popular contest, taking place on a Saturday night during April, beamed live across the television sets all over Europe, for about five hours.

Well, Abba won the contest by singing a song called "Waterloo." For the next decade, they became one of the most successful pop groups in the world. Whenever I hear one of their songs on the radio today during a golden oldies moment, I find myself singing the lyrics and enjoying their music all over again.

So, for most of my teenage years, Abba was just a musical group to me, but when I became a Christian, the word was transformed into something amazing, comforting, and everlasting. It was an old preacher who taught me to redefine the word "Abba" as meaning "Daddy." Before this, I had always thought that God was remote, distant, and untouchable. When I heard what "Abba" meant and started to learn a new song called "Abba, Father," my whole relationship with God changed. I no longer imprinted God with my personal feelings about my own father's stoicism. I began to see God through Christ's eyes - as a loving, caring, protective, and generous Father - a true Abba who was and still is interested in all of His children.

I don't know what your relationship to God is, right at this moment in time, but I would encourage you to seek the Abba that Jesus reveals to us. In the midst of any troubles, worries, anxieties or fears that you are experiencing, allow Christ's Abba to embrace and guide you, to encourage and love you, to support and care for you.

Prayer: Abba, Father, thank You for personally revealing Yourself to us through Jesus Christ, Your Holy Son. Thank You for the divine breakthrough which occurred when He taught us how to pray to You, and what to call You. Thank You for being our Abba, for loving us when we are lonely; for embracing us when we are anxious, and for healing us when we are hurt. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.