God's active parenthood

Christians throughout the world pray the one specific prayer that our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus, gave us. It starts with the words "our Father" (Matt. 6:9).

Yet even if we sincerely pray the Lord's Prayer, do we always have a very positive sense of God's fatherhood? A father who neglects the responsibility of actively caring and providing for a son or daughter is frowned upon. But isn't this the picture we often hold of God's parenthood? Though we call God our creator, aren't we often accepting Him to be a Maker that has made us and then distanced Himself, leaving the rest up to us?

August 8, 1994
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