Randy's Reflections
April 9, 2017, 8:36 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 8: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.

April 7, 2017, 11:25 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 7: Rest


Sometimes sleep seems such a waste. It is four to eight hours of just laying there. Yes, and at times in the middle of the night we just lay there. Sometimes our mind is constantly busy, we can't seem to stop thinking of all the things that need to get done, or the things that I shouldn't have done. Yet they say that sleep actually helps your mind process the emotions of the day. So rest is not just because your body needs to revive itself, your mind needs it also. But rest is not actually only for the mind to process the day, but rest is also for the soul. It is a time to reconnect with the spiritual side of life. It is a reminder that God has your back, your mind, and your soul. Rest in him for he will make sure in the end all is okay.

Lord, I am so tired.Tired of the competition to be the best, tired of the comparisons between everyone, tired of the constant need to be busy. Tired. Tired. Tired. Lord, in your presence let me rest my soul, rest without guilt, rest without productivity. Rest. Rest. Rest. Amen.

April 6, 2017, 1:17 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 6: Empathy


It seems every day I read or hear of someone that needs something from me. It seems like every day I am contacted about some worthy organization that needs my contribution, be it finances, time, or my expertise. It is hard to discern which is an opportunity for now and which is a maybe later. Yet what I don't want is to never be ready for following God's leading to help someone. I just want to make the best decision I can and then offer whoever needs it the hope to carry on.

Lord, help me not to be indifferent when I am confronted by pain, by poverty, by malice, by addiction, by marinalization, by struggle, by despair. Grant my heart all feeling, grant my mind all understanding, and grant my soul all compassion. Let my response be the response you intend. Amen.