Randy's Reflections
June 10, 2017, 5:14 PM

Summer Words


This word can be scary or it can be exciting. Sometimes we are afraid to connect with others because we aren't confident that we have something to offer them. Other times we are excited about what God is doing in our lives and we can't wait to share it with others. Whether we are tentative or we are exuberant we have something to share with those around us. We are capable of connecting with others, this is a God given attribute. This is one of the reasons God made us in the first place. We were made to connect with God and we were made to connect with others. So let's look forward to familiar as well as new connections today and celebrate our ability to connect with others.

Lord, sometimes we feel alone, sometimes we feel we have nothing to offer this world or those around us. Help us to remember that part of our DNA includes our ability to connect. Sometimes that connection is for our benefit, but also sometimes that connection is for the benefit of others. Help us to not isolate ourselves from you or this world, for being connected is part of who we are and who we are becoming. Thank you for making this part of us. Amen.

June 10, 2017, 5:13 PM

Summer Words


Words of commitment can be the most powerful words we ever speak. They can set us on a course in life that will change not only who we are, but the lives of those around us. They can set lofty goals for us that will be a challenge to reach. They can tie us to a person or a community which will be bond that can last forever. Yet whether commitment is made to a person or a community, or whether the commitment is to an ideal or a calling I believe we will need God to help us follow through. And that is a commitment we have from God when we receive him and follow his way for us. Jeremiah 29:11

Lord, we know you have plans for us. You have a purpose for us. Help us not only to receive your gift of grace, but to embrace the covenant, the commitment, you have made with us. Help us to not be shy in saying those words and not be reluctant to follow you. Help us to be truly committed to you as Savior and Lord. Amen.

June 8, 2017, 9:48 AM

Summer Words


There is no one who is not a believer. That is there is no one who does not believe in something. The question of course is what do we believe in? What can we depend on? More importantly who can we depend on? When we have this questions we need to turn to our faith. This is when we need to lean on our faith community. This is when we need to read the primary source for our faith, the Bible. The Bible can be complicated to understand, but in the first few lines it tells us the most important thing to believe in, that God is present. That is the very basis of our belief, God is present and God made us. And the rest of the Bible tells us how much God loves us. That is what we can depend on, that is who we can depend on. That is something to believe in.

Oh Lord, sometimes things get to be so complicated in this life. Yet we know that you are present, we know that you made us, and we know that you love us. Help us to truly believe that you are here for us and that you want the best for us. Lord help us in our unbelief. Help us to become a true believer. Amen.