Prayer for a Rough Week

Embracing Spirit,

it’s been a rough week
more shootings
political discord
polarization
our hopes dashed
and the death of loved ones

it’s also been a hopeful week
relationships & connections
kindnesses shown
& commitments to the stranger
and the birth of new ones

all the same it’s not been perfect
your world is not what we want it to be
people fight
they scream; we scream and whine too
we close ourselves off from one another
and the children cry at our borders

it’s too much
we yearn for you to step in
fix it, God! we cry

but we know better
we know we are your co-creators
we know that we have free will
and that you do not make the world what it is

you nudge us
you encourage us
but you do not make us do anything
we are the ones who must change
we must grow
following jesus, we must choose love

[moment of silence]

it sounds easy
but it’s not
we don’t know what to do
we fear whatever we do
that it is not enough
it is only our part, you remind us

and so in this time of confusion
hurt
volatility
demonization of poor
stranger
brown
woman
those who are trans
even of children
all those we call other

[pause]

not sure where to turn or what to do
we trust you
we pray as jesus prayed

our creator…

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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