Every person has a different image of who they believe God to be. Some name God as Universe or Higher Power and for Christians, there are numerous biblical titles like, Lord, Christ, Shepherd, Vine, Rock, Savior and so on… Each name speaks to us based on the lens of life experiences or relationships. There are a number of people who confess that their image of God can get confused with an important authority figure such a father or mother. That certainly is true in my case. My past relationship with my dad has influenced my view of God. My lens has been one of fear, reverence, discipline and punishment. It is one of the reasons I love to read the gospels because Jesus is much more lovable and reachable figure. Jesus called God his Father so it is not much of a stretch that we would also see God that way and relate to Him in the same way. I totally understand that there are many people who do not have a loving parental relationship and cannot identify the same loving relationship as Jesus did with His Father.