Randy's Reflections
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March 14, 2017, 10:33 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 14: Miracles

Miracles

As we have been learning in our study in Mark, miracles are a special hallmark of the ministry of Jesus. So why don't we expect or even anticipate miracles in our lives? Is it because we have been pummeled by too many marketing ploys for a better life, a better relationship, a better us? Or are we fearful of being disappoint, again? Whatever it is, miracles still happen. So let's not let the state of our world, our country, or our life overshadow the wonder God can still give us, through miracles. He is ready, let's be ready as well.

My view of the world is blurred by violence, by hunger, by poverty, by exclusion, by hatred. Lord, when I forget that this is not what you hope for the world, let your works come crashing into view: your beauty, your peace, your comfort, your justice, your love. Amen.




March 14, 2017, 10:32 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 13: Faith

Faith

Interesting the last word we considered was worry. Now we consider faith. In our reformed tradition faith is important not because we chose to believe, but because God gives us the capacity and willingness to believe. This is why every day should begin with the prayer, "Lord, help my unbelief," trusting that God will not only ground us in believing, but increase our faith.

God, your grace is not extended to me because of what I have achieved, what I have done, or what I have said. In fact, in spite of my thirst for wealth, my actions that bring pain, and my words that inspire hate, you love me. Amen.




March 14, 2017, 10:31 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 11: Worry

Worry

So yesterday the middle school kids left for the snow. Talk about excited. Yet we know as adults that so much could go wrong. There could be lots of traffic. There could be a flat tire. There could be a problem when they get to the cabin. There could be so many people at the snow that they would have to wait in line forever. Yet the kids are not concerned about all those possibilities, they are just excited about the possibilities of being with their friends, playing in the snow, and having a great time. Oh, that we could remember what it means to be excited about the good possibilites before us instead of letting the concerns of the world weigh us down. Let's have concern for state of the world, but let's also celebrate the wonder and joy of what could happen in the future.

There is so much that can go wrong that all I can do is worry about money, about work, about family, about friends, about everything. Lord, do not let worry consume my soul; rather, help me to let go so that I may find calm and peace. Amen.


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