Randy's Reflections
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August 21, 2017, 5:29 PM

Summer Words

Spirit

This is something we can’t touch, but certainly can influence our lives. There are times when we feel down, but for some unexpected reason have a sense of hope. There are times when we feel overwhelmed, but then sense encouragement. There are times when we feel alone, but then sense a presence more than are own. There is a spirit in each of us which seems to connect with a spirit outside of us. The spirit we seek is that of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God accompanies us, encourages us, and gives us a vision that peace will come to us in the end. The spirit which we sense in us is a spirit which God has breathed into us. This spirit finds rest and peace in the presence of God. Let us seek God’s spirit and know he is always there for us, all we have to do is listen.

Lord, we are so used to bumping into the things of this world that we forget your presence is seen with the heart and not the eyes. Help us to not to let our bruises distract us from the true Spirit of your presence. Help us to listen with our heart and be open to the moving of your Spirit in our lives. We are more than a physical body and we look forward, someday, to be completely free celebrating our spirit with yours. Amen.




August 20, 2017, 12:02 AM

Summer Words

Strengthen

This word reminds me that in a world filled with beauty, wonder, and joy there are still times that I need more than what I have within me to live. Sometimes remembering the past will give us strength, knowing that we made it through tough times before. Sometimes depending on our friends will give us the strength to move forward in our life. Sometimes we realize that we need a God who will love us no matter what and will answer our prayers even if we feel we don’t deserve it. It is God who ultimately gives us the strength we need and will be there at all times. So let us never forget God is here for us. God will give us the strength all we need to do is ask and lean on God.

Lord, help us to remember you want the best for us. Help us to depend on you in times of difficulty. Lord help us to look to you for guidance and comfort for you will give us the strength we need. It is in you we can find the strength we need. Amen.




August 20, 2017, 12:02 AM

Summer Words

Significance

We all want to be recognized or acknowledged. I try to say “Hi” to folks when ever I make eye-contact, just so they know someone has seen them. Even when I am deep in contemplation while walking I try to make sure others know they are a “masterpiece” created by God. Sometimes that simple word brings a special brightness to their eyes, others don’t show they have even heard me, but I know at least I have given them a special acknowledgement from one of God’s creatures. Sometimes a friendly “Hi” is the only good word some people will hear that day.

Lord, help me to pass on your special blessing to all whom I encounter this day. Help those people to whom I speak hear your blessing and know they are loved by the creator of this universe. Help us all to know that it is not what we do that gives us significance, but that we are uniquely sculpted by the author of all life and that gives each of us a special place in this world.


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