Darkness. Light.

Injustice.
Darkness.

Illness.
Darkness.

Hopelessness and temptations.
Darkness.

Worry and anxiety.
Darkness.

Evil in many forms pervades our world.
Darkness disorients.

We light a bulb and it sizzles and fades out.
The light of hope is shattered into many pieces.
Sometimes it seems that darkness has the upper hand.
Light only lasts for a moment before hatred and hurt win.

But you remind us that through Jesus…
Light overcomes evil.

You remind us that through our following of Christ’s ways…
Light brings hope, justice, and love.

You remind us that this is the day that you have made.
Let us be glad and rejoice in it! 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.

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Isaiah, Isaiah 9, Isaiah 9:1-7, Old Testament, Uncategorized

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