A friend and I were discussing God over dinner after she had offered grace before we ate. She had grown up Catholic and felt it was easy to pray to Mary because she was comforted by Jesus’ mother. But when talking to God as a child she used to feel intimidated like he was too omnipotent to be bothered by a little dot on the earth, which was her. But since then her relationship with God has changed. The discussion began.
Who is your God?
What is He like?
Do you talk to Him?
We both believe in a similar male God that looks like a man but contains all power over the universe, and we both believe that love is the first and most powerful law of the universe.
But what came out of the discussion was the influence our dad’s played in establishing a relationship with that “Father Figure” in heaven. It had a huge impact on both of us.
When she mentioned her first impressions of the scary God, I told her that I never ever felt that way about God. I explained that the reason was because my dad was such a kind, loving, soft-hearted father to me that I carried that father figure model clear up to the heavens, beyond the clouds to my God in Heaven. According to my belief He had those same characteristics as my own dad but on a grander scale. She agreed that her father had also been a positive influence in her own life and was also what influenced her new relationship with God as she grew older.
Isn’t that interesting. Our dad’s relationship with us on earth influences how we feel about our Father in the Heavens.
That is pretty powerful and a big responsibility.
We both enjoy talking to God every single day.
And we both believe he listens to our prayers and guides our lives.
Thanks dad’s who love their children so we learn to love GOD.
(I also ask God to give hugs to my dad and mom up there, too.)