The Seeds

The seeds are spread.
On the path, on rocks,
& among the thorns they fall.  

Within each seed lies the divine hope.
We confess we sometimes disappoint our divine creator.
We fail to grow and become the plant that God intends. 

And yet the seed is sown.
And yet the sacred love still surrounds us in forgiving love. 

Forgive us we ask.
Forgive our failure to breakthrough the soil and reach upward toward you. 

Let us reflect God’s goodness.
Let us be as the seed in the good soil. Let us reflect our creator’s highest hopes. 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.

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Mark, Mark 4, Mark 4:1-20, New Testament, Uncategorized

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