Almost a year ago I wrote about the “Abba Prayer“, and “the Abba Experience” as the late Brennan Manning would call it. He spoke about this regularly, and wrote to it most passionately in, “Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging.”
“Define yourself radically as one beloved of God.”
Today’s prayer comes from listening to Brennan Manning speak, and reading, re-reading, and contemplating the depth of the “Abba Experience.” This summarizes the noticeable healing in my later years. It is this radical self identification that marks the profound filling of the deep wounds in my life. And this healing speaks to the need for belonging for which we were made.
Abba I belong to You
Abba I belong to You,
I belong to You when I am fully engaged in the work of eternity
I belong to You when I kick off the paper sheets of the gutter.
I belong to You in the early hours of devotion
And after the long hours of defeat.
I belong to You the same in courageous victory
And in cowardly retreat;
I belong to You, I belong to You, Abba Father, to You I belong.