Running to the Stranger

Without hesitation, Abraham ran out to the strangers.
Let me provide you water to remove the dust from your feet.
“Let us provide something to eat.

Sarah and the servants busily made Abraham’s promise a reality.
They provided abundant hospitality for the three strangers.

Abraham, Sarah, and their servants provided radical hospitality to the vulnerable travelers.
They provided the love of God to the strangers.

In this hour, may we open our hearts, minds, and spirits to the wideness of God’s love and grace . 
Gracious One, may we experience the wideness of your mercy before you send us out to carry your merciful love to the ends of the earth. Amen.

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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