“Papa”….. That word has been ringing in my ears and heart ever since my brother, Michael, dropped off his two boys to spend some time here at Grandma’s house yesterday. Owen and Henry really love their Papa. Henry will ask, “When is Papa going to get here?” Oh, and when he does arrive, they run into their Papa’s arms. Whenever I’m around Michael, I see the heart of a father who loves his boys so very much. Even when he is tired, worn out, hurting… he loves them. He makes sacrifices for them. It brings tears to my eyes as I write. Sometimes Henry will inadvertently call me “Papa” and every time it hits that deep desire in me to be a dad one day. If I do, I want to be a Papa like Michael.
As I’ve been playing with some musical ideas and pondering these thoughts, it has got me thinking further…Owen and Henry love their Papa because he first loved them. Hmm… Sounds familiar… We love our Abba Father because He first loved us! Oh what a wonderful love He has for us! I can’t fully comprehend it, but I can see an inkling of it in Michael as he loves his boys so magnanimously in an intimate and personal way. How do I even begin to capture this musically? (time passes…) So this tune, originally inspired by “Papa,” is my love song to my Heavenly Father. It’s a simple melody that is based on and spells the word, ABBA.