Among the Trees

Among the trees, that is where you
will find humanity.
God created the trees tall & short.

Among the trees and beside the animals, that is where you will find humanity.
God created each animal & bird.

From the dirt, the soil in which the flower and the weed grows, humanity was formed.
God created humanity from the dirt infused with God’s own breath.

Among the tall trees, the fruit bearing trees, and the tree of good & evil, that is where you will find humanity.
God and humanity dwelt together among the trees, birds and livestock.

Come! Let us worship!
We come to worship the very One whose breath creates and sustains us! Amen.

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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.

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