Randy's Reflections
December 7, 2017, 10:01 AM

Advent Words of Winter


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.

December 4, 2017, 11:47 AM

Advent Words of Winter


The Greek word for angels actually means “messenger.” Angels are the messengers of God who communicate to people about God. It was an entire host of angels that come to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. It was then the shepherds who became the announcers, and now that job has come to us. Isn’t it amazing that one of the most important announcements to the people of this world, that which had first come from angels, is now given to us. Throughout advent we will explore different ways we can communicate that monumental event, and sometimes we will use words.

Lord, help us to find creative ways we can communicate to others about the birth of Jesus and more importantly how we can communicate the love of God. We are so thankful that you trust us to share the story of Jesus’ birth. Help us to find new ways we can make that story real to those around us. Amen.

December 2, 2017, 8:49 AM

Advent Words of Winter


I used to use this word only to describe some delectable morsel I put in my mouth. Now I and others use it to describe an idea, event, or characteristic of a person which is positive. Sometimes it is used when we find an unexpected solution to a nagging problem. Or it can describe a person who is innocent or extremely thoughtful or kind. It is a word which speaks of goodness and grace. Look for something sweet in your life today, it may not just be what you put in mouth, but perhaps an unexpected pleasure and then give God thanks for that gift.

Lord, you meet us in all kinds of ways. Sometimes when we call on you and sometimes in those unexpected pleasurable times. You surprise us with goodness and grace when we were just trying to make it through another day. Help us to recognize the sweetness of life and be people who are harbingers of that sweetness. Thank you sweet Jesus. Amen.