Randy's Reflections
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March 22, 2017, 12:11 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 21: Judgment

Judgement

So this morning I wanted to get this sent off before I went to a dentist appointment. At one of the stop lights I turned on my CD player to listent to one of my favorite songs. As it started to play I noticed the light turn green and took off singing along with the song. It wasn't till I was half way through the intersection I realized that the green light was for the left turn lane only. I had just gone through a red light from a stopped position. Oh now quickly I judge others when they fail to follow the stop lights. Or when they go 25 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone. Or maybe even when they change lanes without using their turn signal. We need to exercise good judgment, but we also need to exercise mercy.

As I go through the day, I judge, sometimes I exercise wisdom, empathy, and good judgment. Other times I inflict arrogance, cynicism, and condescension. Lord, keep my good judgment from becoming destructive judgment, and remind me that ultimate judgment belongs to you and only you. Amen.




March 20, 2017, 2:31 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 20: Isolation

Isolation

Sometimes it is hard to get a chance to be alone, yet sometimes it is hard to find someone who is willing just to be with you. There are times for being the only one and there are times when we need others. Hopefully, prayerfully, we will relish those times we get to have by ourselves and we will cherish those times when we get to be with others. Either way let's explore God's reason for one and the other.

Being alone is not always lonely, but for those times when the isolation is real, Lord, make yourself known in a stranger's act of kindness, in a friend's word of presence, in my community's offer of hospitality, and in the promise of your steadfast love. Amen.




March 19, 2017, 8:39 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 18: Justice

Justice

Some of us were born with privilege. Some of us were born without. Some of us are offered opportunities even when we dont' ask for them. Some of us have to fight to be given just a small chance. Yet someday there will be no injustice, there will be no lack of opportunities, there will be no speical privilege for we will all be given the dignity for which we were created. Let us not grow weary in seeking justice for those who are treated with prejudice and let us seek to be the ones who stand for the right even when it costs us more than we want to pay. True justice comes out of compassion, compassion for a world created by the Justice Provider himself.

The world is always crying for justice-from the prisons, from the streets, from the storms, from the soil, from the ignored, from the stranger. Lord, help us not to become jaded, judgmental, and apathetic but let these cries compel us to listen, to learn, and to act. Amen.


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