May We Do the Same

She wept as her only son’s body was being carried away.
When he saw her, Jesus had compassion.

He wept as he sat outside the hospital while his wife was inside dying of COVID-19.
When he saw him, Jesus had compassion.

She was too empty to weep or even get out of the bed. Loneliness and isolation overcame her.
When he saw her, Jesus had compassion.

Anger boiled over as facts became fluid. Hatred stirred, and hope faded.
When he saw them, Jesus had compassion.

The front line medical and grocery workers alike were exhausted from the tension, the fear, and daily risks.
When he saw them, Jesus had compassion.

Jesus had compassion. Out of his love and compassion, Jesus acted to bring hope and healing.
May we do the same. 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 Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 7, Luke 7:1-17, New Testament

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