Prayer for a Rough Week

Embracing Spirit,

it’s been a rough week
more shootings
political discord
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
demonization of poor
those who are trans
even of children
all those we call other


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

our creator…

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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