Abba Father

Lincoln Monaco
Lincoln Mae Monaco | Photo: Taylor Monaco

Though we are born to biological parents, I have learned that they cannot fulfill our desire to be accepted without question, and loved without condition.

They will let us down, every time. As humans we just aren’t capable of that kind of love, though we are born desperately needing it. We were created to need it, and for that need to be met. We are born in need so our one true Father can fill it, fill us.

“Because those who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God… We received a spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, Abba Father.” | Romans 8:14-15

Cry Out

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. | Psalms 18:6

I have leaned the truth of these words. He wants us to cry out to him with whatever it is that we have to bring.

No judgement.
No conditions.
No shame.

My son meets none of these when he comes to me crying out, no judgement, no conditions, he just meets open arms full of love and acceptance. The same is true of Jesus, when we run to him.

Finn Ryan Monaco
My son Finnegan, crying out. | Photo: Taylor Monaco

He wants us raw, and hurting, and bleeding, makeup melting off in salty tears. The ugly cry. That is truly what he desires. He is the one person we don’t have to clean up for. No sugar coating needed. No eloquent words. He created us, he sees us anyway. We can’t hide. We are seen by him, so come to him and let him see you, in whatever shape you are in. He will meet you there with a great love.

Joy Overflowing

Jesus offered thanksgiving for the trial, the suffering that would break and crush him, yet give him an overflowing of joy.

Out of the most severe trial their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. | 2 Corinthians 8:3

My daughter Lincoln, full of joy.
My daughter Lincoln, full of joy. | Photo: Taylor Monaco

When we give thanks for the suffering, for the trial, when we see his blueprints behind the disaster, and we can be grateful for it, then there is joy overflowing. And that joy, it leaves us wanting to give it away, share it, despite the fact that we are desperately poor in hardship. We find our self rich and generous, and so very full with joy.