Getting Ready

Get ready!
We’re not quite ready.

Get ready!
What must we do to be ready?

Esther prepared a party.
She put into action events that would save her people.
She focused on others.

Get ready!
Who must we be to be ready?

The wise bridesmaids prepared
their hearts and minds for
the arrival of the bridegroom.
They kept their lamps burning
until he arrived,
trusting the groom’s promise.

Get ready!
Though we,
like the foolish bridesmaids,
sometimes forget to bring oil for our lamps,
we confess we are not as ready
as we ought to be.

Get ready!
Though we,
like the wise bridesmaids, sometimes fall asleep
we are ready for God.

Get ready!
God is among us.

Praise be to God!
Praise be to God! Amen.

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Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

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