Randy's Reflections
April 12, 2017, 11:47 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 11: Learning


Learning

I was a strange kid. I always loved going to school. But as I got older I realized that learning is a important part of who I was and who we are. Learning about ourselves, learning about others, and learning about our faith helps us to meet the challenges we face daily. As we continue to grow in understanding and wisdom we can be confident that the Great Teacher will always give us plenty of opportunities to increase in our learning and grow in who we are called to be.

Lord, help me to be more teachable today than I was yesterday and to be more teachable tomorrow than I am today. For you want us to continue to grow in character and faith everyday. Amen.




April 10, 2017, 12:20 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 10:Doubt


Doubt

It seems night time is the hardest. Sometimes it is in the midst of my own thinking when I am overwhelmed. Sometimes it is when all for which I have hoped comes crashing down. Yet I find that sharing my heart with God or with another lifts the burden of proof. When I can open my eyes and my heart and see the magnificience and wonder all around me, whether in the past or the present then I know that doubt has helped me move closer to God. Doubt eventually gives me strength, in that eventually I am thankful for my doubts.

Lord, when I am strugging to feel your presence , please make yourself known. When I need silence in order to listen, grant me silence. When I need words in order to speak, grant me wisdom. When I need courage in order to act, grant me conviction. Amen.




April 9, 2017, 8:36 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 8:Palms


Palms

Tomorrow we will enact the grand procession of Jesus coming to us on a humble donkey. Yet that riding of the donkey symbolizes an all powerful king who has subdued everything and everyone who had suppressed his people. The question for us is, do we live in his footsteps liberating those who are oppressed? Do we as his subjects allow him to truly reign in our hearts? If so, then tomorrow is just the beginning of a truly joyous celebration. Let us join the chorus who praises the only true one to be praised.

Lord, the one time we recognized your kingship we lifted palms to praise you. We laid down cloaks to celebrate you. We shouted with joyous song. Yet your kingship was not yet of this world and that led us to turn on you. Now that we know who you really are help us to raise our hands to you in praise and help us to usher in your kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is already in heaven. Amen.