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