Randy's Reflections
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March 14, 2017, 10:31 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 10: Imitating

Imitating

For me imitation is not an attractive word. It makes me think of something or someone who is trying to pass a false thing off as the real thing. Or someone who is pretending to be better than they are. But don't we all do that? Don't we try to put our best face, best act, in the forefront because we are afraid people won't accept us as we are? But then each of us has qualities that others envy. Each of us have a gift of uniqueness that if imitated would make this world a better place. I need to try to see those things in people that would be good to imitate and I need to try to model those things in me which are worth imitating.

Lord, I am your creation, wonderfully, lovingly, and uniquely made. But you have created others, those who help guide the way. Help me seek out and imitate those who live as you intended with hope, with wisdom, with justice, with creativity, with conviction, with compassion, with laughter, with love. Amen.




March 9, 2017, 12:25 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 9: Seeing

Seeing

I appreciate the opportunity to be able to see, not just with my eyes, but also with my heart. There are times when I need to see more with my heart than with my eyes. I can see with my eyes those things that are wrong with others around me, but if I have the Father's eyes I can also see their hurts, their struggles, and their pain. So I ask God to help me see how I can help, how I can walk with others, how I can love. Those are the eyes I need. How about you?

As I look into the world, I see death all around me: so much suffering, so much despair, so much injustice, so much hate. God, help me to see through a lens of life to see healing, to see hope, to see liberation, to know love as you intend. Amen.




March 8, 2017, 12:00 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 8: Distress

Distress

I was just reading an advertisement for Pastors who have lost the ability, or recognition, to admit they have times of struggle. We tend to answer, "How are you today?" with the clipped response, "Fine." When actually we are doing horribly. Of course we can't share that truthful answer with just anyone, but we need to share our distress with someone. Perhaps if we first acknowledge how we are feeling to God, then we can pray for God to send someone to us who will hear us. We don't always need a solution, but we do need to be heard. Stuff happens, but so does grace.

God, when I'm in distress sometimes I just don't understand, Why me? What did I do wrong? Why won't you help? It is in these times when I struggle to see you, to hear you, to know you. But I will try to trust you. Amen


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