The One Who Connects & Expects

Sacred One,

In the silence, release all that separates us from you.

[time of silence]

You are the God of us,
and the God of them.

You are the God who connects us.

You are the God who loves,
and the God who expects.

You are the God who connects both.

You are the creator,
the redeemer,
and the sustainer.

You are the worthy one,
who knows our insides,
our outsides,
our motives, and our fears.

You are the God who connects in and out.

We are your beloved people,
they are your beloved people.

We are the recipients of love,
and the ones expected to do and be.

You are the God who connects.

You are the God of transforming love,
a love that turns us into synapses,
that spark an earthly revolution,
in which your priorities become our

You are the God who connects us to
the orphan,
the widow,
the immigrant,
the oppressed,
the imprisoned,
the sick,
and those who are poor.

You are our God,
we reach out to you.

Touch us,
connect us,
and grow us,
into your living expectations.

May all who meet us,
know you are the God in whom we trust,
because we’ve become your dream for us.


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 Old Testament, Pastoral Prayer, Psalm 146, Psalms

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