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 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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Posted in Call to Worship, Genesis, Genesis 18, Genesis 18:1-15, Genesis 18:1-15 and 21:1-7, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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