Today, as I write this, it is Father’s Day. It has been a while since I got the traditional necktie for Father’s Day. It seems now I get T-shirts, with messages on them. These are T-shirts the kids think are funny. They may be. (I don’t know about the rest of you fathers, but I am not really fond of being a walking message board.) But I am glad my kids still love me enough to come and see me or call and to get me a gift.

Though it is Father's Day, my children do not refer to me as father. That does sound very formal. It is usually Dad. Interestingly, three times in scripture we find the word, Abba. Each time it is “Abba, Father.” Jesus began his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Abba, Father.” (Mark 14:36)

Paul says that through the Spirit we have been adopted as sons. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) Again he says we are sons and through the Spirit we call out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)

Abba is an Aramaic term. It would be roughly equal to our word daddy. It implies a loving relationship, intimacy. It speaks of one who cares and is concerned. Even if you did not have an earthly father who loved you and cared for you, rest assured you have a Heavenly Father who loves you and cares for you. You have a heavenly daddy, Abba Father. He wants to have a loving relationship with you.

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.