A Prayer for the Snowbound

When the troubles come,
and we struggle just to connect…

When we yearn for movement,
and we are snowed in so deep…

When the simple,
has become a chore…

We rightly cry out to you,
“Enough! Stop it! Why me?”

God of all times,
remind us that spring always follows winter.

Lure us toward hopeful watching.

Point out the helpers
plowing us out from beneath
the drifts of depression.

Redirect our perspective,
revealing the technology that connects:
plows, phones, and computers.

Open our hearts to the expansive love
that struggles beside us in these frigid times.

Melt away the icy harshness within,
that we become conveyors of love and justice
to neighbor and helper, stranger and foe.

Reveal to us the beauty
in the crystal snowflake
that we only saw as hardship. Amen.

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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