Our Father… (Michindoh Post 16)

[This post is sixteenth of a series in which I reflect on spending a month at camp for Wyldlife (middle schoolers) and YoungLives (teen moms). You can follow by subscribing to this blog below. All posts are categorized as ‘Michindoh 2013’.]
 

Scripture refers to God as “Father” often enough for it to be one of His main names and attributes.

For some people, that’s problematic. “Father” does not always – in some cases does not at all – equate with trust, protection, and love. In such cases, there are emotional hurdles that must be leaped repeatedly before new life in Christ can be embraced.

But God the Father has some motherly attributes that are overlooked at our own peril and loss.

In the poetry of Job, God calls himself the mother of the ice who gives birth to both dew and frost.

God protects his children under his wings just as a mother hen protects her chicks.

God helps his offspring fly on his wings just as a mother eagle helps her eaglets.

God comforts His children just as a mother comforts her children.

God loves and nurtures His people so they can learn to rest contentedly in His arms just as a weaned child rests in her mother’s arms.

God gives us new life. God rebirths us. God welcomes us into the kingdom of his household.

God is Father as only God can be.

At the same time, God births, nurtures, and loves with a mother’s heart.

For teen moms, created in the very image of God, this is beautiful and breathtaking truth.

 

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