Randy's Reflections
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August 14, 2017, 1:10 PM

Summer Words

Search

Why is it that we never seem to find what we are looking for? Was it we are still thirsty? Was it we are still hungry? There seems to be something within in us that longs for something other than what we have or at least for more than what we have. Maybe instead we long for someone we don’t have. We long to have that so elusive satisfying relationship where we are cherished, we are honored, we are satisfied. Oh, we have moments of such a relationship or we have a glimpse of it anyway, but perhaps instead of seeking for someone to love us we need to focus on loving others. We have plenty of opportunities for deep relationships, but I think in our search we need to spend more time being the person who honors and cherishes others, instead of always expecting others to do that to us.

Lord, you gave within us a desire for more. There is nothing wrong with that, but help us not only get more, but help us to give more. Help us to be the person who seeks to love others, not just the person who seeks to be loved. Our searching shows we are not content and that can be a good thing, but let us try to be more of the one who loves as opposed as one who is still looking for love. Amen.




August 12, 2017, 4:49 PM

Summer Words

Renew

Is there truly nothing new under the sun? It seems like for decades our country has been dealing with a lot of the same problems. Crime, natural disasters, lack of funding for educational endeavors, and infrastructure in communities. So it is with our natural tendencies. We are a selfish, stubborn, prideful people. Almost sounds like sin. So why would we be surprised that we need a savior, not just once, but over and over again. The wonderful thing is that God is a God of second and third and fourth etc., chances. We can come to God and ask to again be forgiven and again to be granted the opportunity to start over again. Let us try again, but let us also never forget our God is in the business of renewal, and some day we will be brand new with no need to ask again to be renewed. I look forward to that day.

Lord, help us to continue to strive to be the person you have called us to be. Even though we know that for every time we succeed there is another area where we will keep failing. Help us never to give up hope that we will experience a day when won’t need to be renewed again. In the meantime let us never stop asking, nor trying, to do the right thing and be the right person who brings glory to your name, in all that we do and all that we say. Amen.




August 10, 2017, 11:14 AM

Summer Words

Redemption

So if I had to choose one word out of the 79 we will look at this summer, this would be my favorite. It is the word that says no matter what you have done, no matter who you are, no matter what your hopes, desires, or plans are all these things can be redeemed. That is what we believe. No matter how badly we mess up, God can redeem the bad and help it become good. The amazing thing about this redemption stuff is that God wants us to be a part of the redemption plan. God wants our involvement, our participation, our selves to be part of this redemption plan. How awesome is that. See why it is my favorite word. What is yours?

Lord, you are creating everything to be part of the whole. You want everything to be whole in its creation, in its continual creation, and in its transformation, from good to better to best. Lord, help us to participate with you in creating all things new as we partner with you in the amazing redemption plan for the universe. We, who believe, are redeemed and we can help this world become transformed through working with you through this redemption plan. Help us to find one thing today that we can help move from bad to good. Through forgiveness, through walking with someone in a difficult time or even just through loving someone who feels so unlovable right now. Redemption is the key. Amen.


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