Randy's Reflections
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August 25, 2017, 6:52 PM

Summer Words

Support

I think too often we get sucked into the thinking that we need to do everything on our own. That is so far from the truth. I don’t know any leader in the bible who fulfilled their mission on their own. Even Jesus relied on the three disciples, Peter, James, and John to support him in presence, on the Mount of Transfiguration; prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and in partnership, as they fished for people throughout Judea during his time of ministry. We need family, friends, and future colleagues to help us live our calling. We need support ourselves as well as being a support for others.

Lord, remind us that we don’t have to go it alone. Others need us as much as we need them. Help us to be open to the help that is offered to us, especially in those times when we feel helpless. This will also encourage others to receive help when needed. We are all in this together so let us not only give support to others, but let’s receive it as well. Amen.




August 23, 2017, 9:05 PM

Summer Words

Sunshine

Interesting word for this week. I would have never thought of using this word when thinking about faith, yet sunshine is a word that conjures up health, happiness, and hope in my mind. It is the opposite of gloom or darkness. It is a word which speaks to us of God’s presence in all its glory. It is a word which reminds us that even in the moments of our life when the sun is blotted out by the moon that sun will shine again, because God is God of life.

Lord, help us to never be so overwhelmed by the darkness of events that we forget who brings us light. You are there to bring us joy in the morning, like a sunrise after a stormy night. You are there to bring us rays of light through the dark clouds which threaten our well being. You are not only there around us, but you are here with us. Thank you for the love for us. Amen.




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.


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