Randy's Reflections
March 25, 2016, 7:03 PM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 25


This word speaks of a horrifying event, but also the prelude to a magnificent one. Jesus seeks a garden to commune with his father, but also uses one for proclamation of a new beginning to the women. The disciples who accompanied him the night of his arrest fell asleep. The women who were confronted with his resurrection became alive. In a garden decay can become new life.

Prayer: Lord, help us in the garden to which we go be one from which we will grow. Amen.

March 25, 2016, 7:01 PM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 24


I love to see plants flourish, yet if they aren’t pruned they tend to become overgrown, entangled, and a mass of convoluted branches. There is little, if any, fruit. They do not produce as they were designed to do. And we? Are there areas in our life we need to have pruned? Are we too busy, too entangled, putting energy in places that sap our ability to produce fruit?

Prayer: Lord, we are thankful that you are the Master Gardener. You are the one in whom we can rely to help us say "no." You can help us put energy where it needs to be directed. Lord, help us to hear your words, even if it means ending something so we can redirect our efforts. Amen.

March 25, 2016, 7:00 PM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 23


This word is a hard one to ponder. We all have had this happen. And, I believe, we all have done this. It is not a favorite word, but it is a word which reminds us of our need to receive forgiveness as well as the need to forgive others. Though forgiveness is the solution and the prelude is confession, I think the environment is mercy.

Prayer: Lord, every time we turn off mercy we lose the opportunity to wipe away betrayal. Is it our pride which shuts off the spigot of mercy or our own betrayal of being your true disciple? Lord, give us compassion for those who have betrayed us and help us to be grateful for your example of forgiveness. Amen.