The story of the bible is merely the story of a deity who launched the cosmos and then turned his attention elsewhere.Quite the contrary;it reveals a God who is mindful,who keeps paying attention,who"s mind does not wander!.He is a Father who watches with careful attention.This is the very nature of God,and a truth that touches the deepest longnings of our lives.Bilques Sheikh,a Muslim woman,was brought to faith through Christ by coming to know God as a Loving Father.She describes the moment after a long search when this truth is seized her imagination:"A breakthrough of hope flooded me.Suppose God were like a father?If my earthly father would put aside everything to listen to me,why wouldnt my heavenly father do the the same?She went to her knees and reached over to a bedside table where she kept both the Bible and the Qur'an.Lifting them,one in each hand,she prayed:"Which,Father?Which one is Your Book?....I heared a voice inside my being,a voice....full of kindness,yet at the same timefull of authority.And the voice said,"In which book do you meet me as your Father?In the Bible:Thats all it took.The Qur'an that Muslims uses many respectful terms of the Greatness of God.But it has no name for God as the Father.Father the devout Muslim to associate God with human beings in an intimate and personal way is to commit the sin of "Shirk"- of associating God is what is not God.Yet a friend in Cario has tole me that his Muslim friends their needs-the Father who,as Bilquis Sheikh wrote,would-"put aside everything to listen to me.Joseph Potier
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