What if?

Though the earth is ravaged by pandemic and climate change…
What if there is still reason to hope?

Though the earth is ravaged by a people bent upon polarization and war…
What if there is still a chance for peace?

Though the earth is ravaged by greed and poverty…
What if there is still a love that is building a just world?

What if God and God’s people work together to create a world of God’s dreams?
What if there is a child who will be born and lead the way?

What if that child is already moving toward us…
as we move toward that child?
What if? 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 Advent, Advent Peace, Advent Series, Call to Worship, Joel, Joel 2:12-13, 28-29, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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