The day Robbie Seay and I sat down at his church(Ecclesia) in Houston to write this song, he was dealing with a situation which involved some friends of his, an orphan from Haiti, the press, and a Congressman’s private plane. (much more important than our song) In short, a family from Ecclesia adopted a boy named Ronel from Haiti and was trying to get him home. Ronel and his new father, who traveled to Port Au Prince to pick him up, were held back because of “red tape” on the U.S. side. If I remember correctly, they had to sleep on the floor of Haiti’s U.S. Embassy for over a week. So as we were writing this song, Robbie had to take many calls and answer numerous texts in his effort to do everything he could to help get these guys back to Houston, which included attempts to charter private planes to go pick them up.
In retrospect, it’s amazing to me that any cohesive lyrics, much less a whole song was written that day. As we were wrapping it up, Robbie received one more call letting him know that Ronel and his dad had been given the green light and were finally on their way to Houston International. We jumped in the car and met a couple hundred people from Ecclesia and members of the press at the airport. When the H-town/Haitian duo came into view, the crowd began to cheer and celebrate as Ronel was united with the rest of his new family. The picture below doesn’t do it justice, but I’ll never forget the look on Ronel’s face. The words that come to mind are relief, safe, rescue, secure, and loved.
As I watched all this unfold, I was struck by all the similarities of God’s story of rescue for us. “Father God” is a song written to be sung by the Church(the adopted) in response to our Father’s great love. (Phil.2 and Eph.2)
If you’re interested in learning how to play “Father God,” the chord chart can be found by clicking on the “Chord Charts/Videos” link on the menu above.