A Prayer for Clean Air

The first creation story begins with ruach, the very breath of God, moving across the face of the earth. In the second story, God forms the human from the adama, the earth, and breathes God’s own breath into the human. In our beloved Oregon, we are now gasping for clean air. Forgive us our lack of stewardship of the earth! Rain your tears over us extinguishing the destructive fires! Breathe your divine breath of love and justice across the earth again. Clear away the literal smoke that poisons your people! Breathe your spirit of love and justice into us once again. Animate us to become the stewards of the earth, lovers of one another, and doers of justice you created us to be. God, in your mercy. 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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