Randy's Reflections
December 9, 2017, 10:28 AM

Advent Words of Winter


For several years I took our son Ian up into the hills of Palo Alto to see the sunrise on the first day of Spring. We would watch the darkness slowly fade and give way to light. The warmth on our faces in the crisp, frosty air felt so good. I love the image of the light of Jesus chasing away the darkness. His light doesn’t just slowly seep over the ground, but his light makes the darkness run away. It is like those times when at first all we see is the gloom and doom around us, and then a new insight, or inspiration, or revelation helps us see our situation from a whole new perspective. The light of Christ explodes through the darkness bringing, not only light to our life, but an eternal promise that Jesus will keep that darkness away forever.

Lord, when things seem so dire help us to remember you came to save us. You came that we might have new hope and new excitement about our life. You are with us always and even when the darkness seeps into our life, you will never let it take over. Help us to grow in our trust so when darkness comes we can turn to the light you bring to give us a life filled with new expectation of your goodness growing in our very soul. Amen.

December 7, 2017, 11:49 AM

Advent Words of Winter


It is hard to think of Jesus being God in the flesh, or some would say God with skin on. Yet somehow this miraculous event happened. A baby was born, just like any other baby, but this human baby was also divine. We are told that Jesus was fully human as well as fully divine. Jesus went through all the same developmental milestones we have gone through. He had to deal with siblings, he had to make friends, and lose friends. He had to deal with expectations of others and he had to decide what path he was going to follow. He was God, but he humbled himself, and took the form of a servant. That took courage, that took maturity, that took love, and that is what is so amazing.

Lord, you took the form of a servant even though you were God. Thank you for loving us so much that you sacrificed your deity so that you might truly walk in our shoes. Help us to recognize how much you sacrificed to bring us redemption. Thank you most holy, divine one for becoming one of us so that we might become children of the most high God. Amen.

December 7, 2017, 10:01 AM

Advent Words of Winter


This is something common to all of us. We all come from other people. We all have bits and pieces from our parents. As we grow older we can choose whether to keep those bits and pieces part of ourselves or we can strive to do something different. Jesus was divine, descendent of God, but he was also a human, a descendent of Mary. There are many things from my parents I am glad I inherited. I am glad to have had the parents I did and though they weren’t perfect they certainly gave me a good start in life. No matter who we are God can use us in the redemption of this world. So I am grateful for things which were given to me and I am grateful for being able to chose other things that enrich my life and the lives of others in this world.

Lord, I am grateful for the good things my parents gave me. Not only material goods, but also the desire to do well, the vision to look for new ways of doing things, and the diligence to stick with it. Lord, I pray that I too will give good things to my children and others in whom I am invested. Help me to be the person you are want me to be. May I never forget the legacy I have been given and may I pass on the good things which make a legacy worthwhile to my family and friends as well. Amen.