Randy's Reflections
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August 9, 2017, 11:26 AM

Summer Words

Reach

This is a word that can be positive or negative. Something could be out of reach or something could be just within reach. Yet as faithful followers we can ask God to help us reach beyond our grasp, as long as we try to follow his way. Are you only trying to reach for that which is within your range or are you willing to reach for the stars? Hope and faith in God helps us strive for what is beyond our normal reach. But what is impossible for humankind can be accomplished with God.

Lord, thank you for being there for us, but also for giving us the motivation to go beyond what would normally be out of reach. Help us to strive for that which will bring glory to you and help us taste victory when we meet the challenge that stretches our faith. You are the one who helps us accomplish that which normally would be unreachable. Thank you Lord. Amen.




August 9, 2017, 11:25 AM

Summer Words

Purpose

As much as I think we need to be grateful for the goodness, joy, and beauty all around us in the present, I also think God has a higher purpose for us than just living in the present. There is a future waiting to be discovered by us. I think God wants us to help others experience the goodness, joy, and beauty in the present. But I also think God wants us to encourage others to discover their purpose, to discover their future. And as a community of believers we can help each other strive to fulfill the purpose God has given each one of us.

Lord, help us to catch a glimpse of our purpose. Give us the eyes to see and ears to hear what you have in store for us. Help us to climb the hills or mountains that block our path and to endure the hardships which slow our ascent. But help us to not give up searching or striving for the purpose you have set before us. You are our God and we are your people seeking to fulfill the purpose you have given us here on earth. Amen.




August 8, 2017, 12:35 AM

Summer Words

Prayer

Two days ago I talked about power. Probably the most powerful tool we have available to us is prayer. Prayer is an opportunity to talk to God and listen to God. It helps us share our deepest concerns and our greatest joys. It also is the best avenue we can use to hear God’s words to us. It does take an openness, silence and a heart longing to hear God to be effective. So perhaps today we need to just take five minutes to be in an attitude of prayer. Let us take those five minutes and truly quietly listen for God’s words to us, we could just have the most powerful experience ever.

Lord, help us to share with you the deep concerns and the wondrous joys we have. Help us to offer you an opportunity to speak words to us that will comfort us, sustain us, and may even challenge us. Lord God, the one who is over all, help us to experience your presence as we listen for your words to us. Amen.


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