Throughout your Word we know you as the Father of Abraham,
The father of Israel, the father of each one of us.
Yet there are times when we struggle with you being our father because of others
For our father may have left us,
may no longer be with the family,
may not be round much through work,
may not be all that pleasant when he is around.
Lord God, our heavenly Father, help us to know you as our father
as the one who is consistent and fair, is loving and hope filled,
is generous and kind,
Who lavishes your unending love on your children through your son, Jesus Christ.
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How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are