…Who is in Heaven

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Did you find peace in bringing your prayer concern to “Our Father” last week? Today, let’s take that same concern and give it to our Father “who is in Heaven.” The phrase is my update on “who art in heaven” from the King James, but I love these words too much to omit them as the modern translations do.

“Our Father who“ tells us that father is more than a role, a statement of paternity, or a genealogical designation. It reminds us that our Father is a who—a person—with feelings, thoughts, emotions, hopes, plans, disappointments. At first glance it hardly seems necessary to mention but when we focus on the person-hood of God, we realize that the burdens we bring Him are met with empathy and love. Being made in His image gives us some understanding of His emotional investment in us. The depth of feeling that brought us to prayer is more than matched by our Father who hears that prayer.

This wonderful Person, God the Father, feels our pain, aches with sorrow, receives us with love, listens with patience, and cares more than we imagine. He is more than the God who created this wonderful world for us to inhabit and more than the King in Heaven who will one day welcome us home. The God of our past and future is also the God of our present.

Our Father who is. At times I stop right there and savor the fact that He is. He’s here, He’s real, He’s God. “Lord,” my heart cries, “You are!” I am overwhelmingly grateful. Someone bigger than me sees and cares about this weight in my heart, this confusion in my mind! God is with me—and He is in heaven.

It’s sweet to know there is a place from where He rules over the affairs of earth with unchallenged authority. It’s His home. It’s my home. When I contemplate that, my perspective changes. The concerns that brought me to my knees are quieted in the recognition of heaven’s reality.

Today, let’s be especially grateful for our Father who is in heaven, knowing that He embraces the concerns we bring, He is present in our troubles, and He reigns unopposed from His home in heaven.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maude Carolan Pych
    Jun 20, 2018 @ 22:06:56

    Just knowing that He “Is” is awesome, awesome, awesome!

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  2. katiesweeting
    Jun 21, 2018 @ 15:29:23

    As I pray The Lord’s Prayer daily I reflect on your powerful devotional thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Barbara
    Jun 21, 2018 @ 16:51:50

    Thanks, Katie. I miss you!

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  4. Lynn Schryvers
    Jun 21, 2018 @ 17:56:59

    Thank you for these insightful thoughts on the
    Lotd’s Prayer.

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  5. Janet Higby DeHoog
    Jun 21, 2018 @ 18:08:34

    Yes, He’s the great “I AM” and always with us! Thank you for reminding me that he knows my name!

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