Pastor Ken Connor, Sterling Presbyterian Manor Chaplain.
By Ken Connor, Chaplain, Sterling Presbyterian Manor
I was thinking the other day about all the different names I have been known by. It is an interesting list and goes something like this: son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, husband, father, teacher, commander, pastor, chaplain and now granddad Grizz. And yet out of all of those, the one I still love to hear the most is dad. You see there are only two people who can ever call me that, my two sons. Even today when I answer the phone and hear, “Hey, Dad,” it gives me a feeling I can’t really put into words.
It is no different with our Heavenly Father. He has many names, but there is one He loves to hear above all the rest, it is the name Abba. In the book of Romans, chapter eight, verse 15, we read the words, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of worship. And by Him we cry, Abba, Father.”
The word Abba means daddy and expresses a depth of intimacy, deep emotion, earnestness, warmth and confidence that only comes from having a relationship with the one you are calling dad. It is my prayer for you that if you do not know Him yet as Abba, that you will come to have that kind of relationship with God, because that is the kind of relationship He wants to have with you.