Randy's Reflections
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March 31, 2017, 11:52 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 31: Security

Security

All of us want to be secure. All of us want to be safe. Those are important things, but when they become our only guide in life we will miss the opportunity to expand our horizons, to grow in new relationships, and to interact with God's creation. Let us not let fear be our guide, but let us be willing to move out of our comfort zone to live life to the full.

Lord, we live with suspicion. We build walls, we lock doors, we hunker down, we hoard our resources, we live in fear. In our yearning for safety and security, remind us that you call us to go out into the world and not to protect ourselves from it. Amen.




March 31, 2017, 10:19 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 30:Power

Power

What is so great about power is that it gives us a sense of confidence that we can control our world. Yet we can not control the world around us. We don't have the knowledge, the capacity, and the foresight to function without guidance. We need to admit we are powerless without God's direction in our life. Let's first learn to listen and then to act using God as our mentor in the use of all our resources, including those which give us power.

Lord, we have a warped view of your power. We think power is only about strength and we hope that power is used against our enemies. Yet true power is not ours to wield. Your power is liberation, Your power is freedom, Your power is creation. Help us to partner with you to become a conduit of your power of love for the redemption of this world. Amen.




March 31, 2017, 10:18 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 29:Laughter

Laughter

One of my favorite pictures in my office is of Jesus laughing. I am sure there were many times of thoughtfulness, of concern, and even of intense debate, but there must have been some times of hilarity with Jesus. Let us rejoice with a smile on our face, for this is a part of the image of God which Christians could exhibit more often.

Lord, this day we rejoice, we shout, we laugh: laughter brought about by play, laughter brought on by joy, and laughter brought on by surprise. Sounds of laughter give depth and texture to life, so let us embrace the source from which it comes: You. Amen.


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