Who are you?

“Who are you?”, they asked Jesus.
“I Am,” he replied.

They followed Jesus.
Peter and the others journeyed with him from place to place.

You will deny me before the cock crows.
“Never,” replied Simon Peter.

They came for Jesus.
And Peter turned to violence.

“Who are you?”, they asked Jesus.
“I Am,” he replied.

“Are you a disciple of Jesus?” they asked.
No, he said.

Who are you? Are you a follower?
Three times Peter denies who he is.

“Who are you?” the world asks us.

Let us pray,

Forgive us. We claim to follow Jesus but act in ways counter to his teachings. Rather than share, we hoard. Rather than love, we are quick to anger. Rather than forgive, we hold onto our hurt. 

Rather than risk to love and strive for justice, we back down or rationalize. Move our hearts and hands to respond as followers of Jesus, who always responds in love and in solidarity with the oppressed, hurting, and poor. Amen.

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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