Randy's Reflections
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April 6, 2017, 1:17 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 6: Empathy

Empathy

It seems every day I read or hear of someone that needs something from me. It seems like every day I am contacted about some worthy organization that needs my contribution, be it finances, time, or my expertise. It is hard to discern which is an opportunity for now and which is a maybe later. Yet what I don't want is to never be ready for following God's leading to help someone. I just want to make the best decision I can and then offer whoever needs it the hope to carry on.

Lord, help me not to be indifferent when I am confronted by pain, by poverty, by malice, by addiction, by marinalization, by struggle, by despair. Grant my heart all feeling, grant my mind all understanding, and grant my soul all compassion. Let my response be the response you intend. Amen.




April 5, 2017, 12:16 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 5: Grief

Grief

It is not easy to acknowledge that we are hurting. It makes us feel vulnerable. It makes us seem weak. Yet even Jesus cried out for relief, in the Garden, among his disciples, on the cross. So know that God is with us, both in the good times and the bad. It is from this place of vulnerability we learn most of God's love. Let us share our distress with Jesus and let him carry us to a place of safety and healing. He came to heal and to mend all who hurt. Come, Lord Jesus.

My heart hurts beyond words. My body sheds tear upon tear. My soul cries out in pain. Lord, help me not to rush my grief; let me hold it as long as I need and let it be loosed when the time is right. Amen.




April 4, 2017, 12:08 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 4:Mercy

Mercy

Who is the winner when a judgment is enacted? Is it the person who judges or the person who is being judged? The question of greater importance is when should mercy be given. Perhaps that can only be answered when we decide what is at stake, our pride or true justice? Continued conflict or resolution? My will or God's will? We just need to remember we may be in the same position some day to receive what we give. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

In times of deep conflict and passionate disagreement, Lord, show me the way, your way. When I must be firm, Lord, let me be just. When I must be strong, Lord, let me be compassionate. When I must stand in judgment, Lord, let me be merciful. Amen.


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