Randy's Reflections
December 7, 2017, 11:49 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Deity

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


Offspring

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.




December 7, 2017, 10:01 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Triumph

To win, to overcome, and to celebrate. Sometimes the battle we wage is just to survive one more day. We are looking after grandkids this week, with their parents out of the country, whose idea was this anyway? I never thought that surviving one more day would be such a relief. Yet I also know that there are small moments each day that we will cherish forever. Triumph doesn’t have to come after a vicious battle, or the defeat of an evil foe, or even a milestone in our life. It can just be the time we made good on a promise, or a washing of all dishes before bed time, or getting a child to bed before you fall asleep yourself. The triumph of Jesus being born was as much a monumental event for the world as it was for Mary to have delivered him. Let us celebrate triumphs great and small for they are a sign of God’s goodness and grace.

Lord, we are so grateful for the birth of your son. The journey of Joseph and Mary all the way to Bethlehem from Nazareth. The promise they made to God to receive this child as one of their own and the diligence to raise him till he leaves this home. Thank you for the minor triumphs we experience in our lives. Thank you for the triumph of fulfilling your promise to your people. Thank you for including us as ones who can shout about the redemption of the world because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Amen.