Exile

We’ve been in exile for so long.
Our world is our Babylon.

Our world values power and things.
Our God and our teacher Jesus favor humility and people.

We’ve made a life for ourselves in this Babylon of greed, selfishness, and rugged individualism.
It’s not working. It’s time to go home to Jerusalem.

Let us worship the One as we begin our journey back to a life that aligns with love of neighbor in concrete ways.
It’s time to live as Jesus showed us.

And when we do, we will find the peace and hope for which we long.
We long for peace and hope. We long for you Emmanuel. 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 four perfect grandchildren. 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 Advent, Advent Peace, Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 40, Isaiah 40:1-11, Old Testament

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