Randy's Reflections
December 17, 2017, 8:09 PM

Advent Words of Winter


Explanation

    I was asked recently where the words are coming from that I have been reflecting on for the daily word. These words come from the songs whose phrases are on the bulletins we use each Sunday. Each week we will sing that song whose phrase is listed and throughout the week we will have been able to reflect on some of the words used. I will start listing the phrase where the word came from so you can recognize it when we sing it.

    You too can think about words from the songs we are singing each Sunday or perhaps reflect on some of the words from your favorite Christmas carol. God speaks to us not only through prayer, through the bible, through a worship service or an inspirational book, but through a word or an event in our daily life.

    If you want to go one step further you could pick one word or event in a day and write down your thoughts about it. Sometimes God will even speak to you in the midst of your writing and give you a new thought or understanding about yourself, others or the world around you. I am hoping you have a meaningful Christmas season.

    Blessings, Pastor Randy




December 16, 2017, 10:01 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Rules

I first think of those nasty requirements that we need to follow. You know those things that hinder our freedom. Those laws that you just want to break, because you don’t want anyone to tell you want you are supposed to do in life. But rules are necessary. Rules help us function as a society. Rules are for our good and the greater good of our community and the society as a whole. This word, in the song of “Joy to the World,” is speaking of one who directs, guides, and orchestrates a world with justice and peace at its heart. Rules is not so much laws as a benevolent hand or a wise word or a suggestive nudging that helps everything to operate at its best.

Lord, thank you for never abandoning your creation. You not only created us and the world around us, but you are intimately involved in this world. Help us to heed your wise words. Help us to follow your suggestive nudging, to bring true peace and justice to this world. Help us to embrace your truth and grace and offer it to everyone we meet. We praise your holy name, may you be the one who rules our hearts now and forever. Amen.




December 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Thorns

This is something that we hope to avoid in life, yet one can not closely inspect a rose or comb berry bushes without being inflicted by a few thorns. Perhaps it makes the rose smell so much sweeter and makes it more pleasing to the eye. Perhaps it makes the berries taste a bit better. Something that is a challenge to complete or a struggle to achieve means so much more to us. It is the thorns that keep roses and berry bushes safe from a variety of predators, but also the challenge to those who truly want to touch, smell or view a rose more closely. Or want to taste the sweetness of the berry. If we are willing to live with affliction we will better see the goodness and taste the sweetness of life.

Lord, you lived with affliction while on earth. You traveled the valleys and deserts. You saw the injustice and felt the pain. Thank you for being an example for us as we travel this land. Help us to taste, though faintly, the sweetness and view the beauty, though but a glimpse, that eludes us when we focus too much on the desperate times around us. It is sorrow that helps us experience joy and it is struggle that leads us to the everlasting prize. Give us the vision and the motivation to go beyond the thorns and see the goodness you have for us. Amen.