Squinting in the Mirror: A Prayer of Confession & Hope

Creator of the immensity & mystery:

You created us in your image,
   squinting, we see you in the mirror.

But we left your dream,
   pursuing our own selfish,
      idol-filled fantasies.

You could not bear to see us suffer,
   & you opened your covenantal arms.

We left and you called.
We returned and you embraced.
Still, we pursued idol-filled ways.

We confess again. We ask forgiveness.

And through our brother Jesus,
   your image in which we are created,
     is fresh again!

Our eyes turn again to that mirror,
   squinting, we see you.

Turning toward our earthly neighbors,
   we glimpse the same image of you.

Encourage us, lure us, tempt us to
   fulfill your dream of expansive love
      for the immensity & mystery.


based on Genesis 1:26-27, Judges 10:16, & Romans 8:29

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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.

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1:26-27, Judges, Judges 10, Judges 10:16, Prayer of the Day, Romans, Romans 8, Romans 8:18-39, Romans 8:29b

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