Randy's Reflections
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August 2, 2017, 8:01 AM

Summer Words

Migration

This is a movement from one place to another. It is a movement by a group or a community to a new place. It is also a movement towards a place more suitable, at least for the time being, to those migrating. It is a movement to the place where those who are moving are destined to go. It is in the plan, the strategy, the DNA to which they have been called. Sometimes the way is hard and sometimes the way is easy, but it is the place to which we are called, it is our home.

Lord, help us to listen to your voice. Help us to know when it is time to move on and where it is we need to plant. You don’t give us a place just to settle, but a place for which we are made. Help us to embrace the challenge and to be glad we have you to follow. We know we are going to a better place, give us the courage to go there. Amen.




August 2, 2017, 8:00 AM

Summer Words

Love/Loved

A word so hard to define. Our language has one word that the Greeks use at least three to try to convey. Perhaps the best way for us to think about this word is to know that love is defined by the fact that we are loved. We are loved by God. We are precious and cherished by the one who exhibits love. We are given mercy and grace and forgiveness because the one who is love had gave us all these. Know that if we want to know what love is we need to know the God of the universe who sacrificed his one and only son so that we might be his friend and compatriot forever.

Lord, help us to not just know, nor to just feel, but help us to experience the love which has no end. Help us experience the love which will be there for us no matter what we do or say. Help us experience the love which not only is given to us freely, but can be shared. Love is a many splendid thing, but mostly a commitment to embrace us at all times, in all ways to meet our greatest need. Amen.




August 2, 2017, 8:00 AM

Summer Words

Lonely

This is something we all feel at times. Even though we may have a relationship with the Creator and Father of the universe there will be times when we feel we are walking this journey alone. We will wonder, where are those around us who had committed to be by our side. We may even wonder where is God, when we need him so badly. Yet we need to know this, that God will never abandon us. We will be alone and we may even feel lonely, but God is here with us, with you, this is his promise. Remember Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob? In the pit, in Potiphar’s house, even in prison God was with Joseph. God saw that Joseph fulfilled his calling to bring restoration to his family. So God will see you through also.

Lord, help us to remember the times when you have met us at our worst moments. Help us to remember those times when you came to the aid of those we read about the bible who were so desperate for you help. Help us to take confidence in your love and mercy, knowing that you will come in our great time of need. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.


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