Not so unnatural

A scavenger delivers food to a man twice a day in the wilderness.
It’s unnatural.

In the middle of a famine, a jar of flour never decreases no matter how often used.
It’s unlikely.

A stranger heals a widow’s son with only a prayer.
It’s unbelievable.

Our need to be physically separate feels unnatural. 
But we love our neighbors.

We are weary of all the struggles the world provides us and fear we will be overcome.
But we keep going one step at a time.

Angst, fear, worries, illness, injury, isolation, war, poverty and so much more overwhelm us.
So we pray. We enter communion with our God whose love remains with us always. 

[moment of silence]

Close in Lord’s Prayer

Our Creator,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be your Name, 
your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread.  
And forgive us our debts, 
as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 

For yours is the kingdom
and the power, and the glory, 
forever and ever. 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 Senior 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 1 Kings, 1 Kings 17, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Call to Worship, Old Testament

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