Despicable is an understatement.

How could a father?
How could a God of Love!!?

How could God? How could Abraham?
Did God? Would God?

Not the God I know.
Definitely not the God of love, justice, & kindness.

Love God with all your heart, mind, being, & strength.
But what about love of neighbor?!

Or love for your own child?!?
No. This is not right. This story makes no sense. It is horrible and…

[short silence]

In this hour may your spirit of love, enlighten us about this repulsive tale.
May we learn and grow in your presence despite and through this uncomfortable story of a father and son. Amen.


See also In a World of Tough Choices

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.

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