Randy's Reflections
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.

March 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 22


Is this word about a person or an event? Certainly it is about something unfamiliar. Is this something we long to experience or someone we can’t wait to meet? We become uncomfortable when confronted with something or someone strange, yet it or they could change our life, for the good. We need to not be afraid.

Prayer: Lord, help us to put our faith in you. When we are confronted with something or someone strange let us remember that you are with us. Let us remember that we need to look forward to what new an unusual things you will unfold before our eyes. Amen.