Yesterday's Daily Mass readings remind me that God is Abba, Father.
"Daddy".... Jesus' preferred Aramaic term for God the Father shines through the child-guide to peace (Isaiah 11:1-10) and also Jesus' thanksgiving to God for the true disciples' child-like trust (Luke 10:21-24).
Abba is the God of Advent, God of the little beginning.
God who anoints a ruddy shepherd boy king of Israel and Judah.
God who causes the mustard seed to grow into a mighty Tree of Life.
God who enthrones a young, pregnant unmarried Jewish teenager as Queen of Heaven.
God who nominates a prayer-whispering Jewish Rabbi as the Judge of All who is to come.
I have a lot of little daily things in my life right now that are whispering Abba's name to me... while I do the Advent waiting game:
- thanksgiving for useful work
- concerns for those around me suffering illness
- quiet spaces for Advent preparation
- consolation in loneliness
Where else is Abba whispering today?