by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Although I received various accolades and kudos as an elementary school educator, none compared to what I considered the greatest compliment; when a student called me Mom. Yes. There was embarrassment on the part of the student, and giggles from the class, but for me, it brought a smile to my face. Because in my mind, I believed calling me Mom meant the student felt comfortable and safe. They trusted me as they would trust their own mother. There was no fear, no hesitation to come to me with their questions. I was Mom.
As a teacher, my roles were many. I led, instructed, helped. Mediated, advocated, counseled. Listened, encouraged, and cheered my students on. It was a known fact I loved all things Winnie-the-Pooh, loose jasmine tea, dogs, and cried openly during the sad parts of our Read Aloud books.
In a study of the many attributes of God we find he fills many roles.
God is El Shaddai – the all-sufficient One. He lacks nothing. He is Jehovah-shalom – our Peace. We need not fear for he is with us. Jehovah-tsidkenu – our Righteousness. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are made righteous before God. Jehovah-jireh – our Provider. Everything we need can be found in God. God is also our Father.
Because God is Adonai; LORD and Master, and El Elyon; the God Most High, we bow before him in reverence and awe. But, like my students, do we have the type of relationship with God where we feel comfortable enough to call him Father? Do we feel comfortable enough to go to God as our Abba without fear or hesitation?
When Jesus modeled how we should pray, he called God, “Father”. We know of course, God is indeed Jesus’ father, but God invites us to claim our place as one of his adopted children also. We are invited to call God our Father. God wants us to, you know. I believe when we go to our Father and call him Abba, he smiles. Don’t you?
Students in my class each year were known as “Quandtlings”. Once a Quandtling, always a Quandtling was our motto. Those of us who belong to God through the confession of our faith in his son Jesus Christ have a special name, too. We are called Christians.
Do you find it easy or difficult to talk to God as your Father?
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You should pray like this:
Our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name. Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you as you are obeyed in heaven. Give us our food for today. Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others. Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil. Matthew 6:9 (NCV)
I wish you well,
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