Randy's Reflections
March 22, 2017, 6:33 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 22: Cynicism


"If it seems to good to be true, then it is." This can be a good quote to remember when you get the call or an email about some great opportunity that is way beyond your expectations. But if the good is something that brings blessings to more people than just you or if the answer to prayer is unbelievably amazing we need to remember that God is the great giver of all blessings. Not only is God the great giver, but God is the one we can trust with our very life. Let us hold on to that hope, through it all.

In the face of change, at words of hope, at stories of joy, Lord, help me to not first respond with doubt. Grant me wisdom to know what is good and true, and strike from my heart that which doubts all promises of your hope. Amen.

March 22, 2017, 12:11 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 21: Judgment


So this morning I wanted to get this sent off before I went to a dentist appointment. At one of the stop lights I turned on my CD player to listent to one of my favorite songs. As it started to play I noticed the light turn green and took off singing along with the song. It wasn't till I was half way through the intersection I realized that the green light was for the left turn lane only. I had just gone through a red light from a stopped position. Oh now quickly I judge others when they fail to follow the stop lights. Or when they go 25 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone. Or maybe even when they change lanes without using their turn signal. We need to exercise good judgment, but we also need to exercise mercy.

As I go through the day, I judge, sometimes I exercise wisdom, empathy, and good judgment. Other times I inflict arrogance, cynicism, and condescension. Lord, keep my good judgment from becoming destructive judgment, and remind me that ultimate judgment belongs to you and only you. Amen.

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.