Randy's Reflections
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August 7, 2017, 12:55 AM

Summer Words

Power

 Life can be chaotic. It can seem out of control, at least our control, sometimes. If we just had the power to make the changes we think should be made we could handle life so much more easily. The problem is when we are given power we tend to abuse it. There is only one being who can use power for the good of the world and for our benefit at the same time, that is our God. The wonder is that God asks us to partner with him in this world. So what ever power we have we need to rely on him to guide us in how we use it. Let us remember that our vision is limited and God knows what is best. Let us use what ever power we have in deference to him.

Lord, you are all powerful and you are all good, help us to depend on you when we are in positions of influence or power so we can do what is right. Each of us wants to have more control in our lives, we don’t like to feel powerless, but help us to lean on you and your wisdom as we make decisions. We do have your power behind us, help us to use it wisely. Amen.




August 4, 2017, 12:34 PM

Summer Words

Peace

Shalom, which is often translated as peace, really means wholeness. Yet isn’t that what we really want with peace, a sense of wholeness. That is a sense that all is right with our lives and all is right with the world. Peace is not just the absence of strife or confrontation, but the intertwining of our journeys with acceptance and affirmation of each individual. Peace is growing into the fullness and the richness of the beauty found in the infinite.

Lord, help us to do what we can to promote peace, first peace in our own lives and then peace in the lives of those whom we love. Once we start seeking peace for the lives of those we love we can move to seeking peace for those with whom we disagree. And finally we can seek peace for those with whom we are indifferent. Lord, help us to experience wholeness within our lives as we seek to help others find wholeness in theirs. Amen.




August 3, 2017, 12:59 PM

Summer Words

Patience

This is not an easy word to enact in this valley. There aren’t very many “slow” food restaurants in our area. Rarely do we tell someone, “I just have a very long meandering question for you.” Urgency seems to drive our life. Yet there is a movement called “Slow” Church. There are places where you can go to have a leisurely lunch. There is an exercise that is very beneficial for your body called a “long walk,” instead of a quick twenty minute work out. It is true that to really notice the world around us we need to take a moment to smell the roses. So maybe today we can listen, look, and appreciate the world in which we live and cherish the relationships we have. Our life can be more full if we take more time to live it. Let us be more patient.

Lord, there is so much more in this world than we can take in, if we take the time for it. There is a richness in life when we do things a bit slower. Help us not to worry about getting things done in a hurry.  Rather help us be concerned about doing things well. Give us the patience we need in our tasks that need to be done and the wisdom to know when others need our patient presence more than our hurried rhetoric. Thank you for the time we have, may it be used more fully. Amen.


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