Pastor Tim

Devotions from Tri-City ELCA Pastors – Pastor Tim of Holy Trinity, August 12, 2020

Pastor Tim’s Devotion for August 12, 2020:


One of the most important words I have discovered doesn’t have a simple English equivalent, which says a lot. Sawubona, a Zulu term, means, “I see you.” Not just your face, but your hopes, your dreams, where you came from and where you’re going. It’s not something many of us are good at. I know I need to do it better.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

I know I sure appreciate and expect that all who I encounter shall be “clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience,” but should they expect the same from me? Come on, these are stressful times I can’t be dealing with what is going on in my life AND YOURS TOO!

Figuring out the best way to see and understand and care about others can be difficult indeed, and essential.

Did you catch the word “essential?” It IS essential we care for one another, even the ones we don’t understand or agree with. In fact, during these times it becomes crucial.

We must not clothe ourselves with ignorance, prejudice, pride or fear. In this time of separation and segregation of people in the world, God comes clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

My prayer for us is that we will continue to be open to God’s inclusive and radical love and be channels of that Love.

Pastor Tim

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