Living Water

Turn the tap and water comes out.
Clean, refreshing water quenches our thirst.

Stop at the market, twist open the cap.
Spring water crosses our lips and our craving is satisfied.

Step outdoors. Look up.
The clouds dampen our faces and nourish the earth.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” (John 4:13 CEB)
After a time, we all thirst again. 

“but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.” (John 4:14 CEB)
Please give us this water that we may never be thirsty again.

Come see the one who turns our thinking and our world upside down.Come see and experience the love that knows no bounds.
Praise be to God! 

Praise be to Jesus whose life draws from the well of God’s dreams.
Praise be to Christ Jesus whose love and justice quenches our thirst with living water. 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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