Randy's Reflections
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July 21, 2017, 11:42 AM

Summer Words

Joy

Something that rises up from within. This is not something we achieve or can manufacture. It is something that is a gift from God. It is basking in the presence of God. It is being who we were created to be in the moment. It is like an inner smile, with bubbles. It is holding a new born child, soaking in the beauty of landscape, it is a transcendent experience which has no place or time tied to it. It is a moment of wonder at its best.

Lord, help us to be ready to receive your gift of joy. Let us be patient in our walk, but expectant in meeting you. Joy is like hugging an old friend who we rarely see, but are filled with well-being when we touch. Lord, help us to embrace the moment of beauty, wonder, and your grace when we experience joy. Amen.




July 20, 2017, 1:11 PM

Summer Words

Intelligence

This is not always a word we associate with faith. In fact it seems science and faith often have a “healthy” debate going on around them. There are some who think the mind is of no use in faith and yet wisdom comes from a faithful use of knowledge. It is learning to see beyond the facts or between the lines that suggests a person is wise. I am thankful of the intelligence I have, but I also know that I have to depend on God to use the knowledge I have wisely.

Lord, thank you for our minds. Thank you that you give us the opportunity to use our intelligence in our faith. Though it is not in the Hebrew Scriptures it is the New Testament that we are challenged to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul. Let us not short change our potential but shelving our mind just to believe. Help us to believe with our mind and not in spite of our mind. Amen.




July 19, 2017, 11:41 AM

Summer Words

Integrity

This is a word I have heard a lot It speaks of being transparent, of being integrated, of being consistent, and of being authentic. What you see is what you get sounds good, but rarely do we want others get what is good. We make too many excuses. We make too many exceptions, for we are only human, right? I think being a person of integrity is something we would like to accomplish, but without God’s grace we will fail miserably. Therefore, let us strive to walk our talk and seek forgiveness when we fail. Then let us ask God to redeem our failures, perhaps that is what true integrity is, knowing that whatever integrity we have is only because God has covered for us. And he will not fail us.

Lord, thank you for your confidence in us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to try to be consistent in our attitude, our attempts at integrity, and our actions. Thank you for picking up the pieces that we let fall from our failures and the pieces which we have caused as well. We are grateful that we have you in control of our destiny as well as the destiny of this world. Help us to continue to strive to grow into the person of integrity you have planned for us to be. We humbly pray. Amen.


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