Randy's Reflections
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March 7, 2017, 11:31 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 7: Yearnings

Yearnings

We all have desires. Some of those desires are healthy and some are not. Once we realize that a desire is not healthy that is when we need to ask God to help us overcome that desire. Maybe that is when we need to ask God to help us replace that desire with a desire that is healthy. The question is not how to keep from desires that are unhealthy, but to whom do we turn when we realize the path we are taking will only lead to our demise. Lent is good time to seek God's guidance and ask for companions to help us move toward health.

When I give in to broken yearnings that are not of you, O God, in body, in mind, in heart, in spirit, or in action, speak to me in whatever ways that you must so that I may hear and embody the healing yearnings you have for me. Amen.




March 6, 2017, 12:41 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 6: Try

Try

When things come easily it is not hard to try. When we have done it before it is easy to make another attempt. It is when you have to do something you have never done before that it is difficult. It is when someone has betrayed that it becomes hard to fogive them. It is when someone has shown contempt for you that it is hard to put yourself in their shoes. It is when someone speaks ill of you that it beomes hard to show them the love God showed his enemies. "Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing." We like Jesus just need to try.

God, please crush my enemies. You see what they've done, the pain they've caused, the hurt they've inflicted. While revenge would feel good, you call us to love, and while retribution woud be sweet, you call us to bless. God, this is not easy, but I will try. Amen.




March 6, 2017, 12:41 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 4: Time

Time

Whoever invented Time? What were they thinking? Did they consider that if we don't have enough time for the day we need the option to add more? Perhaps when it seems like time is crawling wouldn't it be good if we could speed it up. Yet maybe it is good there is at least one thing in our life that causes us to acknowledge we can't control everything. Maybe it is good that we have one thing which will cause us to acknowledge and ask God to aid us. Lord, how best can I use the time I have here on earth so that I won't feel like it has been a waste of time? Perhaps now is the time to put our time in God's hands.

God, often my spirit is overwhelmed by the options, by my schedule, by the very act of choosing what and when. Help me to know when to rest, when to play, when to ground my feet, and when to walk. Let my time be aligned with yours. Amen.


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