Randy's Reflections
August 9, 2017, 11:25 AM

Summer Words


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


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.

August 7, 2017, 12:55 AM

Summer Words


 Life can be chaotic. It can seem out of control, at least our control, sometimes. If we just had the power to make the changes we think should be made we could handle life so much more easily. The problem is when we are given power we tend to abuse it. There is only one being who can use power for the good of the world and for our benefit at the same time, that is our God. The wonder is that God asks us to partner with him in this world. So what ever power we have we need to rely on him to guide us in how we use it. Let us remember that our vision is limited and God knows what is best. Let us use what ever power we have in deference to him.

Lord, you are all powerful and you are all good, help us to depend on you when we are in positions of influence or power so we can do what is right. Each of us wants to have more control in our lives, we don’t like to feel powerless, but help us to lean on you and your wisdom as we make decisions. We do have your power behind us, help us to use it wisely. Amen.