Randy's Reflections
December 11, 2017, 12:40 PM

Advent Words of Winter


This is where we live. This is where we will die, but how about our children? I don’t mean so much our biological babies, but those generations who come after us. Will we leave this world a better place than when we entered it? Will we leave this world with greater hope, greater love, greater joy? Maybe since I was just with two generation after me it causes me to ponder how will I leave the world? I don’t want them to have more, I want them to have better. I want them to be wiser, more compassionate, and more joyful. What can I do this day for this world to make it a better place?

Lord, we have all been given a world that is not so much our playground or our wilderness to conquer, but a home. We have been given a home that needs to be cared for, that needs to be shared, that needs to become more as it was created to be. Help us to plant, to care for, and to help shape a beautiful world that shouts your glory. May we leave this world knowing that we have had a small part in making this world a better home for everyone. Amen.

December 9, 2017, 9:02 PM

Advent Words of Winter


Sleep is not something Joan and I have gotten much of this week in Seattle. We have been “watching” the grandkids this week, while our son and daughter-in-law are having their first vacation away from their two girls. It has been a glorious week. It has been a difficult week. It has been a rewarding week and though we are both sleep deprived we have experienced the joy of a growing relationship with grandchildren. This has brought healing to our souls. In the midst of a world full of turmoil we get to be with children of our children. These children are sweet and kind to each other (for the most part) and they quickly embrace us as the “parents” of this household. They trust us and love us without question. This is the healing we needed and the world needs as well. Oh we could learn so much from the good things children bring us.

Lord, thank you for these moments, which in a lifetime are so few. We are so grateful that we can experience the joy and love of grandchildren. Thank you for the reminder that the world is not as dark as it seems. Thank you for the hope that this gives us. And thank you for the peace and healing that it brings to our souls. Amen

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.