Randy's Reflections
March 8, 2017, 12:00 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 8: Distress


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


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.




March 6, 2017, 12:41 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 6: Try


Try

When things come easily it is not hard to try. When we have done it before it is easy to make another attempt. It is when you have to do something you have never done before that it is difficult. It is when someone has betrayed that it becomes hard to fogive them. It is when someone has shown contempt for you that it is hard to put yourself in their shoes. It is when someone speaks ill of you that it beomes hard to show them the love God showed his enemies. "Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing." We like Jesus just need to try.

God, please crush my enemies. You see what they've done, the pain they've caused, the hurt they've inflicted. While revenge would feel good, you call us to love, and while retribution woud be sweet, you call us to bless. God, this is not easy, but I will try. Amen.