Beloved by “I Am”

Who are we?
We are God’s beloved.

Who calls us out of the sin and darkness,
of hatred, of fear, and of exclusion?
“I Am,” the LORD of Israel, the One God who loves all.

As God’s beloved, what does “I Am,” what does God call us to be?
The God of Abraham,
  the God of ALL peoples by whatever name used,
      calls us to love one another as we are loved.

Focus your hearts this morning on the divine breath that blows today.
Focus on the very breath of God that swept across the waters,
that took the mud and breathed life into us.
“I Am” is the breath that connects,
  the breath that gives us life,
  and the breath of love that unfolds all around us.

Embrace the “I Am.” Dance in the divine breath of God.
Praise be to God!
Praise be to the breath of life and love!
Praise be to the love that moves us to be love in the world!


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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