Randy's Reflections
August 3, 2017, 12:59 PM

Summer Words


Patience

This is not an easy word to enact in this valley. There aren’t very many “slow” food restaurants in our area. Rarely do we tell someone, “I just have a very long meandering question for you.” Urgency seems to drive our life. Yet there is a movement called “Slow” Church. There are places where you can go to have a leisurely lunch. There is an exercise that is very beneficial for your body called a “long walk,” instead of a quick twenty minute work out. It is true that to really notice the world around us we need to take a moment to smell the roses. So maybe today we can listen, look, and appreciate the world in which we live and cherish the relationships we have. Our life can be more full if we take more time to live it. Let us be more patient.

Lord, there is so much more in this world than we can take in, if we take the time for it. There is a richness in life when we do things a bit slower. Help us not to worry about getting things done in a hurry.  Rather help us be concerned about doing things well. Give us the patience we need in our tasks that need to be done and the wisdom to know when others need our patient presence more than our hurried rhetoric. Thank you for the time we have, may it be used more fully. Amen.




August 2, 2017, 11:04 AM

Summer Words


Opportunity

It is always knocking. The questions is, are we listening and then are we willing to open the door. I agree that we all have our limits, but maybe we just need to recognize who is doing the knocking. When the Spirit is knocking I think we need to be willing to at least acknowledge the opportunity. Then we need to ask for guidance on how we can best respond to the opportunity given to us. Are you listening? Are you willing to take the challenge? Then let us all encourage each other to respond to the opportunity when the Spirit knocks, it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. And we have been chosen to answer.

Lord, help us to not let fear or fatigue block our way to open the door of opportunity you give us. Help us to discern if the opportunity is the one for us. And then give us the courage to answer it, embrace it, and to respond to it. You can give us the energy, imagination, and courage to do what we are called to do, help us to believe we are the ones for the task and to give you the glory. Amen.




August 2, 2017, 8:02 AM

Summer Words


Open-mindedness

It is wonderful to be able to be content. It is great to have stability. It is nice to be settled. Yet if we become too content, or too stable, or too settled we lose the motivation to move out of our comfort zone. Comfort is something we often seek, but we can become too comfortable when we aren’t open to new people, new ideas, or new experiences. We can become so much richer in our understanding when we are open-minded to these new things. Let us be ready to grow in knowledge, understanding, and faith as we are open to new things in our lives.

Lord, help us to be open-minded to those things which may make us uncomfortable, but may also help us grow in our faith. Lord, thank you for being our comfort. May we affirm again that you desire us to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and love which can only happen when we are challenged by those things which cause us to grow beyond our current selves. Help us to take confidence in your love and destiny for us. Amen.