Denial, Fear, Yet Continuing

The journey continues. 

Already, we’ve hit some bumps.

Already, there are unexpected curves.

Think back to past trips completed. 

We had some tough times, kept going, and found hope in Christ’s teachings.

Sometimes we had no idea what to do next yet we trusted God’s luring Spirit. 

And sometimes we fell away. Sometimes we even denied the path before us.

Again we are on a path we’ve never journeyed. There are rocks, ditches, and surprises. 

Like Peter we are angry, afraid, and unsure. Like Peter we grieve what is not to be. 

Like Peter, God filled us with the WAS and shows us the path to the WILL-BE.

Take a deep breath, close your eyes.

Do you not perceive it?

[moment of silence]

The Spirit is with us in the NOW.

She dances before us luring us to the WILL-BE.

Rooted in the Spirit, we are open to new paths. 

Our pilgrimage continues.


Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Call to Worship, John, John 18, John 18:12-27, Lent 3, New Testament, Seasons of the Church

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