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 strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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