I was glad

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet are standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:2-3 CEB)

This is the place in which God’s people gather to worship.
This is sacred ground.

Peace be within these walls,
and security within your towers.” (Psalm 122: 7 CEB)
We find peace and comfort and challenge within these walls. 

Find that peace and comfort today but be challenged to be God’s emissaries to the world when you leave.
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek [God’s] good. (Psalm 122:9 CEB)

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!” (Psalm 122:1 CEB)

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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