A Prayer When the Capitol is Stormed

God of Justice & Love,

The images! The events! 
We are frightened! We are disturbed!
How can this be happening here, O Lord?

We believed we were better than this.
We have degenerated from polarization to uncivil acts.
How, O Lord, can this be our nation?

Having committed our lives to you,
we find ourselves unsure what we can do, 
and, so, we turn toward you at this time.

Calm us,
but more critically,
calm the minds and bodies bent upon destruction and violence

Move our leaders 
and systems they control
to bring these events under control.

Touch our hearts with your love
and likewise, soothe and soften the hearts
of those with whom we disagree 
especially those who stir up the populace for their own ends.

Lead us and our fellow citizens
to find ways to turn from this path
of horror and disunity.

Guide us, all of us, to a willingness,
in the following days 
to face our national demons.

Lead us to learn
and grow as one human family.

In the name of the Christ, 
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.

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