Today in my New Testament class, we read Mark 14:36. Here's what we learned about it:
Abba: A personal, familial term for father as used in Hebrew. It is Aramaic for father, and in Talmudic times was used as a title of honor. It was used in the language of Jesus and the apostles, and later by Greek-speaking Christians, as an intimate name for the Father in Heaven.
My teacher said it might translate to "Daddy," or some other close, intimate form of father.
Right now I should be writing the hardest research paper I've ever written. And I will get to that as soon as I finish this post. I just wanted to say, first, how much I love my dad.
He knew I had this massive paper due tomorrow, and that I'd probably be up all night working on it. He also knew that, at this point, I'd probably be getting a little discouraged/overwhelmed/stressed out. He was right.
So he called me, just to check on my current mental and emotional state. Then he preceded to offer me really great advice, the kind daughters need to hear from their fathers. He offered to send me a milkshake (he makes the best), but then decided the USPS probably couldn't get that to me in a respectable manner. I would settle for one of his hugs, but that will have to wait for 3 more weeks.