Randy's Reflections
March 20, 2017, 2:31 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 20: 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


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.

March 19, 2017, 8:38 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 17: 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.