Journey of Faith

Almighty God, the journey of faith is not easy.

Our world groans and cries with the weight of injustice and oppression. Faith seems foolish, even insulting to express to others who have suffered so much.

But faith is what gives us hope.

Strengthen our faith, O God, and give us the courage to express that faith in the midst of suffering and pain.

Grant us wisdom to share our faith in ways that encourage and build up others rather than make ourselves feel good.

Most of all, call us into ways of living out hope in our lives: to do justice, to practice kindness, and to walk humbly with You.

Hear our innermost feelings and thoughts in the silence.

[SILENCE]

Our Father…

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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 two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving 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 Luke, Luke 17, Luke 17:11-19, Micah, Micah 6, Micah 6:8, Old Testament, Pastoral Prayer

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