Ashes for Just Such a Time As This

For just such a time as this, we were made.

In the image of God,
loving, grace-giving, and wise,
we are created to be the hands,
hearts, and feet of divinity.

We gather on this Ash Wednesday,
   not because we must,
      not to puff ourselves up,
   but to start out on the trail
      leading to the resurrection. 

We commit to learning
   to live faithfully,
      embracing the royal divinity
           within each of us.

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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 Ash Wednesday, Call to Worship, Days of the Church, Esther, Esther 4:1-17, Esther 4:14-17

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