Randy's Reflections
March 9, 2017, 12:25 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 9: Seeing


I appreciate the opportunity to be able to see, not just with my eyes, but also with my heart. There are times when I need to see more with my heart than with my eyes. I can see with my eyes those things that are wrong with others around me, but if I have the Father's eyes I can also see their hurts, their struggles, and their pain. So I ask God to help me see how I can help, how I can walk with others, how I can love. Those are the eyes I need. How about you?

As I look into the world, I see death all around me: so much suffering, so much despair, so much injustice, so much hate. God, help me to see through a lens of life to see healing, to see hope, to see liberation, to know love as you intend. Amen.

March 8, 2017, 12:00 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 8: Distress


I was just reading an advertisement for Pastors who have lost the ability, or recognition, to admit they have times of struggle. We tend to answer, "How are you today?" with the clipped response, "Fine." When actually we are doing horribly. Of course we can't share that truthful answer with just anyone, but we need to share our distress with someone. Perhaps if we first acknowledge how we are feeling to God, then we can pray for God to send someone to us who will hear us. We don't always need a solution, but we do need to be heard. Stuff happens, but so does grace.

God, when I'm in distress sometimes I just don't understand, Why me? What did I do wrong? Why won't you help? It is in these times when I struggle to see you, to hear you, to know you. But I will try to trust you. Amen

March 7, 2017, 11:31 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 7: Yearnings


We all have desires. Some of those desires are healthy and some are not. Once we realize that a desire is not healthy that is when we need to ask God to help us overcome that desire. Maybe that is when we need to ask God to help us replace that desire with a desire that is healthy. The question is not how to keep from desires that are unhealthy, but to whom do we turn when we realize the path we are taking will only lead to our demise. Lent is good time to seek God's guidance and ask for companions to help us move toward health.

When I give in to broken yearnings that are not of you, O God, in body, in mind, in heart, in spirit, or in action, speak to me in whatever ways that you must so that I may hear and embody the healing yearnings you have for me. Amen.