Groundedness & Restlessness

Oh Greatness Abundant!

We gather together,
one part of the whole people of earth.
We claim you as ours,
yet it is we who are yours.

We are your beloved among beloved.
Whatever our nationality, our skin tone,
or orientation, or abilities,
we are created in your image.

As we worship and coffee,
connect us.
Do not just connect us to one another,
but to our neighbors.

Create groundedness but,
also a deep restlessness,
until your dream of the wholeness of creation is a reality.

Spur us to be doers of justice, expanders of love,
and people of humility.

In your ways,
In your hopes,
In your yearning,
We pray!

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.

Posted in opening prayer, Prayer of the Day, Prayers

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