Randy's Reflections
December 7, 2017, 10:01 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Offspring

This is something common to all of us. We all come from other people. We all have bits and pieces from our parents. As we grow older we can choose whether to keep those bits and pieces part of ourselves or we can strive to do something different. Jesus was divine, descendent of God, but he was also a human, a descendent of Mary. There are many things from my parents I am glad I inherited. I am glad to have had the parents I did and though they weren’t perfect they certainly gave me a good start in life. No matter who we are God can use us in the redemption of this world. So I am grateful for things which were given to me and I am grateful for being able to chose other things that enrich my life and the lives of others in this world.

Lord, I am grateful for the good things my parents gave me. Not only material goods, but also the desire to do well, the vision to look for new ways of doing things, and the diligence to stick with it. Lord, I pray that I too will give good things to my children and others in whom I am invested. Help me to be the person you are want me to be. May I never forget the legacy I have been given and may I pass on the good things which make a legacy worthwhile to my family and friends as well. Amen.




December 7, 2017, 10:01 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Triumph

To win, to overcome, and to celebrate. Sometimes the battle we wage is just to survive one more day. We are looking after grandkids this week, with their parents out of the country, whose idea was this anyway? I never thought that surviving one more day would be such a relief. Yet I also know that there are small moments each day that we will cherish forever. Triumph doesn’t have to come after a vicious battle, or the defeat of an evil foe, or even a milestone in our life. It can just be the time we made good on a promise, or a washing of all dishes before bed time, or getting a child to bed before you fall asleep yourself. The triumph of Jesus being born was as much a monumental event for the world as it was for Mary to have delivered him. Let us celebrate triumphs great and small for they are a sign of God’s goodness and grace.

Lord, we are so grateful for the birth of your son. The journey of Joseph and Mary all the way to Bethlehem from Nazareth. The promise they made to God to receive this child as one of their own and the diligence to raise him till he leaves this home. Thank you for the minor triumphs we experience in our lives. Thank you for the triumph of fulfilling your promise to your people. Thank you for including us as ones who can shout about the redemption of the world because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Amen.




December 4, 2017, 11:47 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Angels

The Greek word for angels actually means “messenger.” Angels are the messengers of God who communicate to people about God. It was an entire host of angels that come to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. It was then the shepherds who became the announcers, and now that job has come to us. Isn’t it amazing that one of the most important announcements to the people of this world, that which had first come from angels, is now given to us. Throughout advent we will explore different ways we can communicate that monumental event, and sometimes we will use words.

Lord, help us to find creative ways we can communicate to others about the birth of Jesus and more importantly how we can communicate the love of God. We are so thankful that you trust us to share the story of Jesus’ birth. Help us to find new ways we can make that story real to those around us. Amen.