Randy's Reflections
August 22, 2017, 9:22 PM

Summer Words


Submission

This is not my favorite word. I would even say it is down the line toward my least favorite word ever. Yet it is like serving in that since we all serve somebody, either ourselves or someone else, so I think we are all have to submit to someone or some ideal. So why not submit to the author and creator of the universe? Why not submit to someone who has your best interests in mind? In our faith we believe that God wants the best for us and also wants to give us the opportunity to partner with him in this world. So again, I tell myself, even though it may be hard, that I want God to direct my life, and I will follow, as best I can. How about you?

Lord, help me to hear your voice even when the words you speak to me may rub me the wrong way. Help me to be willing to follow your direction even if it means being silent when I want to speak or speak when I want to be silent. Help me to offer hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and love to the unlovable, even when they are part of my family. You are the only one who knows the best for us and the world, so help us to partner with you to being your grace to a world that so desperately needs it. Amen.




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.