The Fast We Have Chosen

Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house…                                       (Acts 2:2 CEB)

A flame alighted upon and within each of them. The fire to be God’s love in the world could not be quenched.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, each with gifts unique and needed, the journey began.

But it was hard to “Go and do likewise.”                              (Luke 10:37 CEB)

The journey of being church in our fragmented world is messy. It is hard to be disciples of Jesus. 

It’s not always easy to open our hearts and doors to those unlike us. 

The simple act of sharing food and possessions “as any has need” can be uncomfortable.                           (Acts 2:45)

Our fragmented, continuously changing world coupled with the transforming church can be disorienting and confusing.

But in the midst of new dimensions, God remains.

And we trust in our God. This is the fast we have chosen.                         
(Isaiah 58:6)

Jesus is our teacher and healer. Praise be to Christ!

Praise be to Christ! 

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.

Posted in Acts, Acts 2, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:42-44, 47a, Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 58, Isaiah 58:6, Luke, Luke 10, Luke 10, Luke 10:37, New Testament, Old Testament

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