"Abba, Father!"

Just for You Reflection

June 4, 2020

Rev. Jerry Kulp

And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Galatians 4:6-7

Greetings and peace my friends!

Sunday night I found myself caught up in the drama of the destructive violence that was being committed across our country. Unfortunately, I violated my own rules on how much television news I watch at a single time and ended up staying awake until nearly 4AM. My heart was breaking through the night as I witnessed with my own eyes the anger and hatred that was playing out for the television camera. Lawlessness, Looting, ransacking, arsine, assault, were all on full display for the world to see.

When I woke at 8AM on Monday morning, my heart continued to ache, and my Spirit called out “Abba Father!” My plea to our Lord went something like this: “Abba, Father, bring Your Spirit of peace into the midst of our streets.” “Abba, Father, stop the violence being committed in our streets which are meant to be free!” “Abba, Father, open the hearts of all people that each person in the world regardless of color, ethnicity, culture, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, be treated with the same love and respect that You share with us all!” “Abba, Father, give wisdom to our elected leaders to not advance political ideologies to further divide the populace during a time that is so fueled with anger.” “Abba, Father, how long will it take for your unifying Spirit to actually unite the hearts of your faithful children?” “Abba, Father, protect those whose vocation it is to protect us, and protect those whose hearts are pure desiring peaceful protest that leads to needed social change!”

My pleas to our Lord through the week continue. My heart breaks as I am sure many of your hearts are breaking.

The politics of this world no longer need to “enslave” us for we are God’s own children. We may not be in agreement with “how” things must happen in order to bring about effective and sustained social change, but prayerfully we can all be in agreement that all people; regardless of their political perspectives, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of gender, age, or anything else that might be used as an identifier is first and foremost a human; lovingly and beautifully created by our God and therefore worthy of respect, dignity, and yes, our agape love!

Abba, Father, empower our community, that we would be passionate in our proclamation of sharing Your great love for this world! Regardless of “how” we proclaim Your love, let our hearts and spirits be united forever in Your Spirit.



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