Randy's Reflections
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June 19, 2017, 6:58 PM

Summer Words

Exile

What does it mean to be in exile? It means to be displaced from your home. It means to be in a place other than where your true home is. Some of us feel we are not truly at home on this earth. We long for a place where there is no more sorrow and no more pain. A place where joy and freedom reign. A place that some may call heaven, but definitely a place that everyone can call home. We are fortunate to be in this land, but we are not in our true home. We can be thankful for where we live, but this is not the place for which we were truly made. We were made to live in God's country and we won't arrive there until we touch eternity. This place is not our home, but we can learn to live here we just need to be ready to go home when we are called to move on..

Lord, we are grateful for the homes you give us, but we know that you build a place for us which will be our true home. That place will be filled with friends and family. We will sing with the choirs who have sung for centuries glory to your name. Let us not get too comfortable here for we are just passing through, going to a place that will be our home for eternity. Amen.




June 17, 2017, 5:15 PM

Summer Words

Encouragement

I don't know any other word that I long to hear. No matter what our station in life, not matter what accomplishments we have made, there is nothing like receiving encouragement from those you love. Life can be difficult enought without having to hear criticism. It is not wrong to know when you need to do better, but I think most of us know when we have failed to do our best. Most of us know what we need to do to make better choices in life. There are enough people and circumstances that will knock you down, from those you trust and care about you it is better to be encouraged than to be judged.

Lord, help us to be the ones to offer encouragement to our loved ones. Help us to develop the habit to see that which is done rightly and well and to let others know when they have done that. Lord, such a habit can not only bring better things to this world, but we may even find ourselves encouraging those we don't know, but long to hear such words as well. Amen.




June 17, 2017, 5:15 PM

Summer Words

Discovery

Anticipation, expectation and excitement are all words that set me on edge, but discovery is something just waiting to burst through the seams of life. Discovery is about something that is already with us, but just waiting to be revealed. It is something that will change, no rock our world. It is something that could change the course of the universe. What is it that is just waiting to be discovered? Is it a gem stone hidden in the murkiness of the earth? Is it an unexpected talent honed to perfection waiting for just the right moment to be revealed? Is it something or someone who is so much more than you can imagine? It is all these. We are the perfectly formed person God has made us to be, we just need to see it and celebrate our presence on this earth.

Lord, help us to realize that you have made us to be just the right person for just the right moment with just the right beauty to bring glory to your name. We are the ones you have called to burst forth upon this world with all that we are and all that we can be we just need your eyes to see it. Lord, help us to discover who we truly are, a beloved creature made for this time and this place to be your person in this universe. Praise be to our creator, amen.


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