Randy's Reflections
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March 19, 2017, 8:38 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 17: Listening

Listening

It is hard to listen when you feel like no one is listening to you. Yet I believe prayer is about listening. It is a reminder that though we seek to listen to God when we pray, we also need to know that God listens to us. If God did not want us to be partners in the redemption of this world God would not ask us to pray. We need to be assured that God does and will speak to us, but let us not forget that God will and is also listening to us. 

The noise of the World is so loud my eyes, my ears, and my mind get overwhelmed. Lord, I know that you not only want me to listen to you, you want me to know that you listen to me as well. You are interested in our concerns and what we say as much as you want us to listen to you. Thank you for listening to me today. Amen.




March 17, 2017, 10:43 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 16: Purpose

Purpose

What motivates you to get up in the morning? What drives you to do something during the day? Why do you take care of your body, mind, and soul? God created us, sustains us, and will direct us, but we need to listen. We need to be ready to heed God's words to us, be it through scripture, through others, or through His spirit. So let's listen today to hear again or anew God's purpose for our lives. We are his beloved and he has asked us to be his partners in the redemption of this world.

Lord, I feel lost. I am wandering. I am searching. Help me to find meaning, to know purpose, to find belonging, and to hear a calling. And let none of these things be driven by my wants or needs, but by your hopes and intentions for me. Amen.




March 15, 2017, 3:45 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 15: Doors

Doors

Doors are great protection, but when they become barriers to an invitation from God, they lose their efficacy. "I stand at the door and knock," is a familiar phrase to many of us, but how often do we open the door to see what new thing God has to show us? How often do we run to the door in anticipation of a surprise God has for us? How often do we sit complacent, not wanting to keep up from our seat becasue we have become comfortable with what we have and who we are? Maybe we need to be ready to open the door instead of hiding behind it. 

When we shut the door on those who seek entry, Lord, forgive us. When we fail to recognize stranger as kin, Lord, forgive us. When we keep people in the cold who need to know warmth, Lord, forgive us. Lord, forgive us and make us anew. Amen.


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