Randy's Reflections
March 15, 2017, 3:45 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 15: 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.

March 14, 2017, 10:33 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 14: Miracles


As we have been learning in our study in Mark, miracles are a special hallmark of the ministry of Jesus. So why don't we expect or even anticipate miracles in our lives? Is it because we have been pummeled by too many marketing ploys for a better life, a better relationship, a better us? Or are we fearful of being disappoint, again? Whatever it is, miracles still happen. So let's not let the state of our world, our country, or our life overshadow the wonder God can still give us, through miracles. He is ready, let's be ready as well.

My view of the world is blurred by violence, by hunger, by poverty, by exclusion, by hatred. Lord, when I forget that this is not what you hope for the world, let your works come crashing into view: your beauty, your peace, your comfort, your justice, your love. Amen.

March 14, 2017, 10:32 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 13: Faith


Interesting the last word we considered was worry. Now we consider faith. In our reformed tradition faith is important not because we chose to believe, but because God gives us the capacity and willingness to believe. This is why every day should begin with the prayer, "Lord, help my unbelief," trusting that God will not only ground us in believing, but increase our faith.

God, your grace is not extended to me because of what I have achieved, what I have done, or what I have said. In fact, in spite of my thirst for wealth, my actions that bring pain, and my words that inspire hate, you love me. Amen.