“It has become so commonplace to speak of God as “our Father” that we forget what an extraordinary metaphor it once was.”
Whistling in the Dark: An ABC Theologized
I almost went with the following quotation:
"My father left my home when I was young, so when I was introduced to the concept of God as Father I imagined Him as a stiff, oily man who wanted to move into our house and share a bed with my mother. I can only remember this as a frightful and threatening idea. . . Today I wonder why it is God refers to Himself as "Father" at all. This, to me, in light of the earthly representation of the role seems a marketing mistake. Why would God want to call Himself Father when so many fathers abandon their children?"
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Grace and Peace,