the Child’s cry

The cry to God as ‘Father’
in the New Testament
is not a calm acknowledgement
of a universal truth about
God’s abstract fatherhood.
It is the Child’s cry
out of a nightmare.

It is the cry of outrage,
fear, shrinking away,
when faced with horror
of the ‘world’
-yet not simply or exclusively
protest, but trust as well.

‘Abba Father’
all things are possible with thee…

Rowan Williams