Where is the love?

When our neighbors live on the street wandering from place to place…
where is the love?

When powerful men use their power for sexual favors…
where is the love?

When our neighbors turn to narcotics because life holds so little hope for them…
where is the love?

When medical care is neglected because it just costs too much…
where is the love?

When shooters come into churches and gun down worshipers…
where is the love?

When Jesus speaks truth to power, loves fully, and is crucified for it…
where is the love?

Holy One, We don’t understand! It makes no sense! God who dreams of loving community for all humanity, help us to understand! Move us in this hour to do our part to heal our culture and bring your kin_dom to earth. 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.

Posted in After a Tragedy, Amos, Amos 5, Call to Worship, narrative lectionary, Old Testament, Special Times

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