The Continuously Creating Love

Creating One, in all your magnificence you are changing and adapting in relationship with us and all of creation. We see this in your great rivers which change courses in response to cliffs. We see this in the chameleon’s adaptive color changes. Like rivers and creatures of all types, we are continually made and remade by your loving spirit. Reflecting your image, we are our most authentic selves when we live into your dreams for us. May we perceive your loving lure as we live into relationships which reflect your creating, transforming essence. May each of us, perceive you within the journeys of our neighbors whether cisgender or transgender. May we fully affirm the transforming pilgrimage in ourselves and others as full evidence of your glory. We are all your people. May our movement throughout our lifespan, radiate your continuously creating essence.   For this inexplicable touch of love, we are grateful. 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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