Randy's Reflections
December 13, 2017, 12:49 PM

Advent Words of Winter


Looking at the world around us we sometimes wonder who is in charge. Yet in the song “Joy to the World” it suggests that it is the Savior who reigns. Ultimately it is Jesus who has been made king of the world. He is the one who walked among us, felt the hard earth under his feet, felt the pangs of hunger and thirst. He is the one who saw suffering and pain and then experienced it himself. He knows what it is like. Not all rulers know what true hardship is like, or at least they haven’t faced their pain, but Jesus has and will walk us through it. He is the one who knows and he is the one who rules with an empathetic heart. I am glad he is in charge and not me.

Lord, give us the confidence that your reign is a benevolent one. Help us realize that amidst the struggles you will comfort us. You want the best for us. Even when the circumstances shout differently. We know that the time for all suffering to end has not yet come, but we can anticipate that you will bring joy back into our lives. We believe you are the Savior king. You are the one who will make all things right. You are the one who will wipe away all our tears. You are the one who truly loves us.                        Long live the King. Amen.

December 13, 2017, 9:35 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Is this a place or a view of life? A room is a location in our house or workplace, a place you spend a lot of time and often have arranged the way you like. Your room can be well organized, but is it open to change. It can be a place where you guard the way things are or it can be a place that can be rearranged when needed. But a room is also a metaphor of how we view others. Sometimes we are closed to others, we don’t want to interact with anyone else. We are afraid that our view of life may have to change. There is no room in this Inn. Other times we are open to others, we give them our full attention, we engage with them in conversation, we grow in our view of life. What is your room like? Is it a room the is open to visitors or is it a room that no one else can enter but you? If you were asked, “Is there room in your Inn?” what would you answer?

Lord, help us to recognize when our room has become a barrier to transformation in our lives. We like to arrange things a certain way. It gives us comfort and security. But, Lord, sometimes we need to be willing to experience change. Sometimes we need to be willing to rearrange things, because it just might be a better way to see the world, and you. Help us to be willing to make room for others and learn that a new view in our room can be transformative. Amen.

December 11, 2017, 12:40 PM

Advent Words of Winter


This is where we live. This is where we will die, but how about our children? I don’t mean so much our biological babies, but those generations who come after us. Will we leave this world a better place than when we entered it? Will we leave this world with greater hope, greater love, greater joy? Maybe since I was just with two generation after me it causes me to ponder how will I leave the world? I don’t want them to have more, I want them to have better. I want them to be wiser, more compassionate, and more joyful. What can I do this day for this world to make it a better place?

Lord, we have all been given a world that is not so much our playground or our wilderness to conquer, but a home. We have been given a home that needs to be cared for, that needs to be shared, that needs to become more as it was created to be. Help us to plant, to care for, and to help shape a beautiful world that shouts your glory. May we leave this world knowing that we have had a small part in making this world a better home for everyone. Amen.