Randy's Reflections
August 10, 2017, 11:14 AM

Summer Words


Redemption

So if I had to choose one word out of the 79 we will look at this summer, this would be my favorite. It is the word that says no matter what you have done, no matter who you are, no matter what your hopes, desires, or plans are all these things can be redeemed. That is what we believe. No matter how badly we mess up, God can redeem the bad and help it become good. The amazing thing about this redemption stuff is that God wants us to be a part of the redemption plan. God wants our involvement, our participation, our selves to be part of this redemption plan. How awesome is that. See why it is my favorite word. What is yours?

Lord, you are creating everything to be part of the whole. You want everything to be whole in its creation, in its continual creation, and in its transformation, from good to better to best. Lord, help us to participate with you in creating all things new as we partner with you in the amazing redemption plan for the universe. We, who believe, are redeemed and we can help this world become transformed through working with you through this redemption plan. Help us to find one thing today that we can help move from bad to good. Through forgiveness, through walking with someone in a difficult time or even just through loving someone who feels so unlovable right now. Redemption is the key. Amen.




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.