Randy's Reflections
March 6, 2017, 12:41 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 6: 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.

March 6, 2017, 12:41 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 4: Time


Whoever invented Time? What were they thinking? Did they consider that if we don't have enough time for the day we need the option to add more? Perhaps when it seems like time is crawling wouldn't it be good if we could speed it up. Yet maybe it is good there is at least one thing in our life that causes us to acknowledge we can't control everything. Maybe it is good that we have one thing which will cause us to acknowledge and ask God to aid us. Lord, how best can I use the time I have here on earth so that I won't feel like it has been a waste of time? Perhaps now is the time to put our time in God's hands.

God, often my spirit is overwhelmed by the options, by my schedule, by the very act of choosing what and when. Help me to know when to rest, when to play, when to ground my feet, and when to walk. Let my time be aligned with yours. Amen.

March 6, 2017, 12:40 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 3: Story


Some times to remember who we are we need to remember History or His Story. For God's story includes our story. God has asked us to be active participants in the story that is being played out in our world. And if God wants to include us then how can we deny such a privilege and how can give up such an awesome responsibility? The wonderful part of this story is not that we only get to play a part, but our part is essential to the story line and we can choose how best to play it.

When I feel confused about my part in Your Story help me to hear your whispering of the stoires of those who have come before: family who has sacrificed much, friends who have extended love, and strangers who have been surprisingly present. Let their stories give form to my own, so the responsibility we have is not so overwhelming, but  is actually more freeing. Amen