Despicable

Despicable.
Despicable is an understatement.

How could a father?
How could a God of Love!!?

How could God? How could Abraham?
Did God? Would God?

Not the God I know.
Definitely not the God of love, justice, & kindness.

Love God with all your heart, mind, being, & strength.
But what about love of neighbor?!

Or love for your own child?!?
No. This is not right. This story makes no sense. It is horrible and…

[short silence]

In this hour may your spirit of love, enlighten us about this repulsive tale.
May we learn and grow in your presence despite and through this uncomfortable story of a father and son. Amen.

___

See also In a World of Tough Choices https://liturgybits.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/in-a-world-of-tough-choices/

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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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Posted in Call to Worship, Genesis, Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14, Genesis 22, Genesis 22:1-14, Old Testament
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  1. […] See also Despicable https://liturgybits.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/despicable/ […]

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