Opening Our Hearts to Thanksgiving

Embedded Divinity,

We feel you in our inner recesses,
we see you in the eyes of our neighbor struggling through tough times.

Your mighty power fuels the sun,
as it rises, sets and warms the earth,
your power fuels the love that heals.

You are the source of all that is good,
all that is sacred,
and the very empathy we feel for others.

We manifest you when we offer kindness,
to those who do us wrong,
those who self-sabotage,
& those unlike us in manner and skill.

Help Us!

Help us to release our judgmentalism,
our self-aggrandizement,
and our desire to be right.

Help Us!

When we see your movement in our lives,
help us to offer thanksgiving,
cause us to witness to your saving acts,
your healing acts,
your transforming acts.

Nudge us to witness to your goodness in the Great Assembly of the Earth!



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 40, Psalm 40:1-10, Psalms

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