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

Lenten Word of the Day for March 4: Time


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


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




March 2, 2017, 5:37 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 2: Courage


Courage

This isn't always the first word that pops into my head when I think of being a Christian. Yet to truly follow the ways and words of Jesus takes a certain amount of courage. It means standing up for what is right even when it isn't popular. It means being faithful when you are with non-Christians as much as when you are with other Christians. It means listening when all you want to do is convince someone you are right. It means seeking to grow even when the path is difficult. But the good thing is God will be with us always, no matter what.

 

God, sometimes, I am overwhelmed by fear, fearful of change, fearful of others, fearful of the unknown. In those times, grant me courage, a courage not borne out of fear, but courage that is guided by your wisdom, gifted with your presence, and grounded in your calling. Amen.

 

Blessings to you,

Pastor Randy