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Abba, I Belong to You

Abba, I belong to you

I have been reading Brennan Manning’s book, The Furious Longing of God, very slowly this year.  It is a rather short book, but I can’t seem to finish it.  Part of me doesn’t want to because the chapters are resonating with me so much.  So each time I finish a chapter I start it over again.  After 3 or 4 readings I finally make my way to the next one.

In March I read his chapter titled __________.  In this chapter he suggests to sit each day for 20 minutes only repeating the words, “Abba, I belong to You.”  With the in breath, “Abba”, with the out breath, “I belong to you.”  He suggests to do it for 30 days straight.  I took Brennan’s advice and was overwhelmed with peace at the end of the 30 days.  There was an overarching calmness that gave me a glimpse into the Psalmist words, “Cease striving and know that I am God.”  (Ps 46:10)

I was impacted so much that I have continued this practice.  Not every day, but most days for the past 6 months I have repeated these words for 20 minutes each day.  Now, when I wake up each morning and take my first breath, I subconsciously say these words in my mind.  When I am sitting in traffic or waiting in line at the store these words enter my mind again.  What a great truth to have “haunt” my thoughts.

1 reply on “Abba, I Belong to You”

I just finished Manning’s book, “Abbas Child.” I had a hard time staying with it at the beginning & actually put it back on the shelf for months. Then I picked it up again & the chapter, “Present Risenness” stirred something in me & I read it the same way you are talking about…slowly, over & over. It was a blessing! I may have to look for “The furious longing…” Thanks for sharing.

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