Randy's Reflections
December 9, 2017, 9:02 PM

Advent Words of Winter


Sleep is not something Joan and I have gotten much of this week in Seattle. We have been “watching” the grandkids this week, while our son and daughter-in-law are having their first vacation away from their two girls. It has been a glorious week. It has been a difficult week. It has been a rewarding week and though we are both sleep deprived we have experienced the joy of a growing relationship with grandchildren. This has brought healing to our souls. In the midst of a world full of turmoil we get to be with children of our children. These children are sweet and kind to each other (for the most part) and they quickly embrace us as the “parents” of this household. They trust us and love us without question. This is the healing we needed and the world needs as well. Oh we could learn so much from the good things children bring us.

Lord, thank you for these moments, which in a lifetime are so few. We are so grateful that we can experience the joy and love of grandchildren. Thank you for the reminder that the world is not as dark as it seems. Thank you for the hope that this gives us. And thank you for the peace and healing that it brings to our souls. Amen

December 9, 2017, 10:28 AM

Advent Words of Winter


For several years I took our son Ian up into the hills of Palo Alto to see the sunrise on the first day of Spring. We would watch the darkness slowly fade and give way to light. The warmth on our faces in the crisp, frosty air felt so good. I love the image of the light of Jesus chasing away the darkness. His light doesn’t just slowly seep over the ground, but his light makes the darkness run away. It is like those times when at first all we see is the gloom and doom around us, and then a new insight, or inspiration, or revelation helps us see our situation from a whole new perspective. The light of Christ explodes through the darkness bringing, not only light to our life, but an eternal promise that Jesus will keep that darkness away forever.

Lord, when things seem so dire help us to remember you came to save us. You came that we might have new hope and new excitement about our life. You are with us always and even when the darkness seeps into our life, you will never let it take over. Help us to grow in our trust so when darkness comes we can turn to the light you bring to give us a life filled with new expectation of your goodness growing in our very soul. Amen.

December 7, 2017, 11:49 AM

Advent Words of Winter


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.