Randy's Reflections
December 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Advent Words of Winter


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.

December 14, 2017, 12:50 PM

Advent Words of Winter


We sing when we are happy and we sing when we are sad. We can sing with excitement and we can sing with thoughtfulness. We can sing to be inspired and we can sing to meditate. Yet when I sing I like best to sing with my heart. Sometimes I use my voice, but when I sing with my heart the song lifts up to a higher place. What song do you like to sing? What song is most meaningful to you? I don’t know how music actually works, but it seems to touch the most inner places of my being. I hope this Christmas you will experience a song, either listening or singing, that will become the music of your heart for this season. 

Lord, we are so grateful that you made music for us to hear and to sing. Help us to experience the music that praises you and inspires us. Help us to feel the touch of your spirit in song. Help us to soar with the notes that touch our very soul. You are the master musician, give us a song to carry us through the tough times and one that will help us celebrate the great times. We bless you Lord right now with a song from our heart. Amen.

December 13, 2017, 12:49 PM

Advent Words of Winter


Looking at the world around us we sometimes wonder who is in charge. Yet in the song “Joy to the World” it suggests that it is the Savior who reigns. Ultimately it is Jesus who has been made king of the world. He is the one who walked among us, felt the hard earth under his feet, felt the pangs of hunger and thirst. He is the one who saw suffering and pain and then experienced it himself. He knows what it is like. Not all rulers know what true hardship is like, or at least they haven’t faced their pain, but Jesus has and will walk us through it. He is the one who knows and he is the one who rules with an empathetic heart. I am glad he is in charge and not me.

Lord, give us the confidence that your reign is a benevolent one. Help us realize that amidst the struggles you will comfort us. You want the best for us. Even when the circumstances shout differently. We know that the time for all suffering to end has not yet come, but we can anticipate that you will bring joy back into our lives. We believe you are the Savior king. You are the one who will make all things right. You are the one who will wipe away all our tears. You are the one who truly loves us.                        Long live the King. Amen.