Randy's Reflections
April 7, 2017, 11:25 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 7: Rest


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


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.




April 5, 2017, 12:16 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for April 5: Grief


Grief

It is not easy to acknowledge that we are hurting. It makes us feel vulnerable. It makes us seem weak. Yet even Jesus cried out for relief, in the Garden, among his disciples, on the cross. So know that God is with us, both in the good times and the bad. It is from this place of vulnerability we learn most of God's love. Let us share our distress with Jesus and let him carry us to a place of safety and healing. He came to heal and to mend all who hurt. Come, Lord Jesus.

My heart hurts beyond words. My body sheds tear upon tear. My soul cries out in pain. Lord, help me not to rush my grief; let me hold it as long as I need and let it be loosed when the time is right. Amen.