Randy's Reflections
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January 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Randy's Reflections "Go Green!"


                We are already starting the second full week of 2013. If you haven’t had a chance to reflect on 2012 I hope you take some time to do so. There are some really great things that happened in 2012 and there are some not so great things; but the great thing about the start of a New Year is that we get to begin again. Of course as Christians we know that with Jesus we can start again no matter what the calendar says.

                The importance of reflection is to remember those times that Sonshine invaded our life and turned the gray of gloom into the dazzling colors of peace and joy. It is also important to remember what we learned from those times that seemed so dark, whether caused by our actions or not. Sometimes we had no control over the dark days and other times we had an integral part, but we can learn from both circumstances.

                As Christians we know that we are being transformed now and we don’t have to wait till we reach the life after before we are changed. As we learn and grow, the stuff that wasn’t so good can be the necessary compost which will help us change. As the picture shows, the dead leaves and grass are providing the necessary nutrients for the lush green fern to grow.

                There are those times that I did not listen well which causes me shame, but I know now that I need to really make a better effort in listening. There are those times when I spoke words unheeding the pain or hurt of others which means now I try to remember to measure those words before they come out of my mouth. There are even those times when I failed to put my family first because I was so intent on getting the job done and that the satisfaction of seeing the job finished was stained with disappointment because of what I missed with my family.

                Let us move forward in this New Year with a resolve to listen more closely, to speak more softly, and to treasure each moment with family, be it our ownffamily or that of the church family, more fully.

                Growing more brilliantly colorful with you,

                Pastor Randy




December 12, 2012, 10:06 PM

Randy's Reflections "Seasoned by Joy"


Today was a good day! Today was another day of joy! Why is that? Was it because I heard of no pain or sorrow? Was it because I heard no concerns about health or finances? Was it because I was smiled at by everyone I met? None of those! I heard of a daughter whose father left this world sooner than she wanted. I heard of a mother who died thousands of miles from her husband and daughter. I heard of people who have to depend on unemployment funds to get by. I saw someone today whose face was etched with worry and concern as to what the rest of the year holds for them and their family.

Today was a good day because I got out of bed and had purpose in my step. Today was a good day because I was able to smile and laugh. Today was a good day because of the hope I have been given by a God who loves me beyond all measure.

It is a wonder that God is not respecter of status, of fame, or of wealth. God’s grace is poured out on every one of us, the question for each of us is do we receive it? God does not pour out grace on only those whom have received him as his own. God does not pour out more grace one day than the next. God pours out his love for all the world to have.

I heard recently that Einstein said,

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

Sometimes we forget the life is a gift and the giver wants the best for us. Sometimes bad things happen and that is when we need to ask the questions heavy on our heart, but we also must not forget we won’t always get answers. We are given another gift though and that is the gift of friendship. And that is the purpose for each of us, not that we will have friends, but that we can be friends.

We can be the one who laughs and smiles at others. We can be the one who treats another with honor and respect. We can be the one who shares the grace and love God has for humanity, but we need to do it.

Today was a good day! I pray that tomorrow will be a good day also :>)

Praying you see the miracles before you and are able to share your joy with those around you.

Pastor Randy

 




November 29, 2012, 6:48 PM

Randy's Reflections "Thankfulness"


                I was standing at my office window when I noticed the sunlight filtering through the trees as the remnants of birch tree blossom fluttered to the ground. It was so peaceful to see the dappled sunlight garnished with the glitter like blossoms as they fell to earth. I noticed then that some of the blossoms were falling not just because of the light breeze but also because finches were nipping at them from their perch on the branches.

                I had a lot to do, as usual, but this beautiful moment of sunlight, falling blossoms, and finches made me think how blessed I am to be here on earth amongst the beauty of God’s creation. It is a challenge not to always get caught up in the frenzy of this Christmas season and instead to experience a moment of peace and tranquility, especially when it is handed to us. It is like taking time to smell the roses, not often something we remember to do, when we are hacking our way through the thorns.

                So I encourage you not to let this season go by without opening your senses, eyes, ears, and nose to those special moments God gives you, those moments which proclaim the beauty he has given us. Our senses are not just to help us negotiate the path of life they are also given to us to experience the beauty of the earth.  Let us take a moment each day and find a sight, song, or aroma which gives us a glimpse of God’s good earth, for he created it all, and he called it “Good!”

                Blessed peace to you,

                Pastor Randy


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