God Knows It’s Hard

Prayer of Confession

We seek oneness with you but fail to accept and love our neighbors. We say we care for all. In reality, there are limits to our caring and our willingness to take risks for love.  Forgive us, O God! Re-ignite our love and commitment. Make us more like Jesus. Open our hearts that we might sit among the tax collectors and others rejected by our world. Amen.

Assurance

God knows it is hard. God knows that you want to live as Jesus taught. God also knows it’s scary and intimidating and sometimes confusing to do so. God will stay with you. God will keep challenging you and holding you in God’s arms and heart. God will love you when you make the next mistake. God will not give up on you. You are beloved.

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 Confession of Sin & Assurance, Mark, Mark 2, Mark 2:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament

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