Pondering, Wondering; God is Moving Closer

Gabriel appears to Mary. A practical woman, she asks for more details. “How can this be?”
And she ponders. God is moving closer.

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth for counsel. Elizabeth’s child leaps for joy in her womb.
And we wonder. God is moving closer.

Mary did not choose to have a child before the marriage. God chose this path for her.
And she ponders the challenging and unknown path before her. God is moving closer.

We do not always choose our paths. but God’s back is never to us. God is within us.
And we wonder about the mysteries of our current age. We ponder as God moves ever closer. 

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, Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 1, New Testament

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