Our Father

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." 1

"But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir." 2


Abba! Father, our Creator,
You hold our world in Your hand.
Into Your image, You restore
Us in Your love as You have planned.

Abba! Father, all Generous,
You gave us Your most Precious Gift:
The Spotless Lamb, Your Son Jesus --
From death to life He sealed the rift.

Abba! Father, You are ALL love,
Flowing with gentleness and joy.
You condescend, from high above,
To father each girl and boy.

Abba! Father, You take us in;
Adopted children of the light:
You rescued us from death and sin;
You cleanse the squalor from our sight.

Abba! Father, we live with You.
You house us in Your loving will.
We dance with joy in life anew:
We're Your vessels; You are our fill.

Father, hold me, close to Your heart;
Held in Your love, we'll never part.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. John 3:16
2. Galatians 4: 4-7