Randy's Reflections
March 31, 2017, 10:19 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 30:Power


What is so great about power is that it gives us a sense of confidence that we can control our world. Yet we can not control the world around us. We don't have the knowledge, the capacity, and the foresight to function without guidance. We need to admit we are powerless without God's direction in our life. Let's first learn to listen and then to act using God as our mentor in the use of all our resources, including those which give us power.

Lord, we have a warped view of your power. We think power is only about strength and we hope that power is used against our enemies. Yet true power is not ours to wield. Your power is liberation, Your power is freedom, Your power is creation. Help us to partner with you to become a conduit of your power of love for the redemption of this world. Amen.

March 31, 2017, 10:18 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 29:Laughter


One of my favorite pictures in my office is of Jesus laughing. I am sure there were many times of thoughtfulness, of concern, and even of intense debate, but there must have been some times of hilarity with Jesus. Let us rejoice with a smile on our face, for this is a part of the image of God which Christians could exhibit more often.

Lord, this day we rejoice, we shout, we laugh: laughter brought about by play, laughter brought on by joy, and laughter brought on by surprise. Sounds of laughter give depth and texture to life, so let us embrace the source from which it comes: You. Amen.

March 28, 2017, 12:46 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 28: Forgetting


There may be times in our life that we wish we could forget, but there are times when we need to remember. We need to remember not just what was on that grocery list, not what we wanted from the next room, nor even that person's name, but we need to remember that all life comes from God and God wants us to live life to the full. Let us call to mind all that God has done for us when it seems that God has forgotten us, for God has not.

Lord, when we struggle, we forget about your miracles of grace, making something out of nothing, bringing hope out of despair, creating life from death. In our most desperate times, challenge us, empower us, surprise us, and remind us of the joy that is faith. Amen.