Lenten Prayer During Pandemic

Divine Energy,

We have been unsettled this year,
And we don’t like it.

Routines shattered routines,
Keeping us from friends and family.

Yet for most of us, 
Our privilege has kept us whole, 
While around us others have suffered.

Deeply embedded racism, 
inadequate safety nets for the poor,
vindictiveness among neighbors, 
and a politics of selfishness,
Led to death and suffering.

As we yearn for,
As we move toward,
A semblance of normalcy,
Keep our eyes and hearts on
The poor, the immigrant, the oppressed.

Disrupt our desires to live unaware
of the pain and suffering in our fragmented world.
Motivate us, to love and act as Jesus taught.

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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