The Faces of God: God the Father

For the first actual lesson of our Faces of God series, we explore God the Father.  You are invited to listen to the audio lesson and respond through journaling or share your own thoughts in the comments section here.

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2 Responses to The Faces of God: God the Father

  1. Corey Rouse says:

    Labels I associate with paternity: solicitous, governing, emotionally restrained, affectionate in his own right (authentically affectionate, though in a surprising way).

    As Applied to the Deity: I would apply the labels of all-solicitous and all-governing. I can’t quite purge the concept of divine reactivity (emotions fall under this category) from the Deity as the scholastic tradition would have it, since a non-reactive God complicates how I understand God’s response to my love, service, adoration. Most importantly, I would apply the label of affectionate in His own right to the Deity. The scriptures speak of a God who is Love essentially, but this does not discredit my imagining of a God who withholds his affections in a way that is sporadic. I conceptualize of a God who surprises us with his affections. The man who takes stock of the relative ‘silence of God’ in the past century realizes that God is less like Father Christmas and more like the average father, surprising us with unpredicted episodes of charity and affection. The theological traditions assures us that he provides in all justice, but this remains comprehensively unintelligible to the recipients of God’s Justice. Empirically, historically, manifestly, the Divine Paternity falls to bits. But by a gratitude received in faith of the benefits received, the Divine Paternity takes on its own meaning, though I don’t quite know what it means to me. Gratitude and reliance I feel, but how much does this make God a Father or Mother to me I don’t know. My sentiments could equally be matched to the labels befitting some mysterious benefactor (as in a Dicken’s novel). The paternity of God is all so very elusive when I try to match it up with the a priori categories/labels of my understanding.

  2. God’s Peace, Corey. This is a wonderful insight into your own image of God. As we offer these various exercises, I’m glad that you’re able to see what parts you still want to hold on to and which parts you can begin to relax. Keep up the good work! God’s Peace.
    Silentio Coram Deo,
    Br. Kenneth

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