Randy's Reflections
December 29, 2017, 10:10 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Hosts

This word is not the one talking about hospitality of sponsors, but a word about a multitude of beings. In this song the beings are messengers from God, also known as angels. One angel visited Mary, Joseph, and one made the initial visit to the shepherds, but immediately after the initial announcement there was a plethora of announcers. It was a multitude which praised God. Why more than one? One angel could take care of it all, but a multitude would exemplify the magnitude of the event. In Revelation there is an army of angels competing against the forces opposing God. It is a sign of strength, of commitment, of assurance that God is willing to give it all for us. Since creation this event was the greatest event in history and would be the greatest event until the end of time. Perhaps we should take note of this?

Lord, thank you for the monumental event of the birth of your son. Sometimes we forget this was a pivotal point in history. The moment your son entered this world history was changed forever. Let us never forget that when hope seemed forever lost you never lost hope in us. You wanted to give us what we needed most, an entrance to your presence for all time. Thank you for the multitude of messengers which remind us of the magnitude of your gift to us. Amen.




December 27, 2017, 11:19 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Quake

So how would you react if confronted by an angel? Calmness would not be my first inclination, more like terror or quaking. So the shepherds reaction is normal, even though the night is silent they are surrounded by bright light and dozens of luminous beings. Since shepherds had to be wary of ferocious beasts or bands of roaming marauders perhaps they were the best people to hear about Christ’s birth. Once their fear subsided they were off to visit the manger where the long expected Messiah lay. So perhaps being confronted by an angel wouldn’t be so bad. Once our initial scare ended we would be treated to a most glorious experience. But then maybe we have already been ushered into a glorious experience. We can know Jesus on an intimate level and we only need to believe and accept his love.

Lord, help us to realize we have been given a gift for the ages. We are able to receive the savior just through believing that he came thousands of years ago on earth and he still longs for us to receive him. Help us to face the fear of a God-confrontation so we may experience the glory of your presence both now and forever. Amen.




December 26, 2017, 11:56 AM

Advent Words of Winter


Tender

This is a word that reminds me of compassion. It reminds me of the times when people have treated me with grace and concern. There are times when we feel most vulnerable and people have treated us with respect, dignity and kindness. Though the song speaks of the baby who is tender, or innocent (another possible word) and mild, I think it speaks also of the way he treated others who came to him for help. I see Jesus offering to heal the brokenhearted, that is speaking words which console us in our deepest hurts. That is what we need most of all. We need someone who is willing to listen to us and walk with us. We don’t need someone telling us what to do when we are hurting, we need someone who is tender with us, someone who is concern about the care of our soul.

Lord, thank you for consoling us when we are feeling the deepest pain. Thank you for being tender with us when we feel the most vulnerable. Thank you for sending friends to us when we feel the most lonely and alienated from the world. Help us to receive the help offered to us and help us to someday offer that help to others. You are the one who sparks compassion in us, by being compassionate with us. Thank you Jesus. Amen.