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 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.

Posted in Old Testament, Pastoral Prayer, Psalm 40, Psalm 40:1-10, Psalms

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