God of Fragility

Come worship the Creator.
God made us,
in all our weaknesses,
frailties, & perfect imperfections.

If we are the image of God,
our strengths & weaknesses,
even our looks & gifts are of God.
God values us.
God loves us as we were created.
God dreams of a new earth with us.

Sometimes we seek false wholeness, pretending suffering & struggles do not exist or are moral failings.
Our savior knows suffering.
Our savior struggled.
Our savior embraced human fragility as one of us.

Let us worship our God,
who journeys with us,
whose healing comes
not only in joy but
in suffering & fragility.
Praise be to the God of
the cross and of the resurrection.

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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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