God of Enough.

The ads online, on TV, and everywhere we look shout: “Buy me! You deserve me! You’re only worthy with me!”
Some days we shout back: Enough!

And other days we let a theology and attitude of scarcity overtake us.
On those days we allow what we have define us, control us, and restrict us.

God provides enough.
God created each of us as enough.
God creates a world of abundance.
But our certainty of scarcity, our idolatry of the shiny, and our fears of others prevent us from gratitude, graciousness, and sharing.

We live in an abundant world.
Our creator makes it so.

Move our hearts, lessen our fears in this hour.
There is enough for all of us.

Praise be to the God of Abundant Love!
Praise to the God of Enough!

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.

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 16, Exodus 16:1-18, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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