Holy Vulnerability

This is holy ground.
Remove your shoes, bare your soul.
Simply “be” before your God.
The vulnerability frightens us.
We want to cover ourselves.
We want to hide. 

You are worthy.
You are lovable and loved.
You are capable and skilled.
Though we don’t understand how or why,
we want to believe the divine promises.

You are enough.
We want to believe though often do not.

You are enough.
Not quite sure we believe that’s possible, we remove our shoes and open our hearts a crack. 

Approach your God.
We approach shoeless, striving to open ourselves up to the divine possibility. 

May the mystery of wholeness restore and refresh you.
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 two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead 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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