Randy's Reflections
July 25, 2017, 11:28 AM

Summer Words


This is an important word for Christians. I think we need to remember that none of us has a monopoly on truth. We are always learning new ways to understand who God is and how to grow in our relationship to him, or her, or whatever designation you want to give the eternal being in whom’s image we are created. I admit I have an addiction to reading books, but then quite often and sometimes very abruptly, I am reminded that it is the Spirit which teaches us what we truly need to know. Maybe today is a good day to take out just a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you something special today.

Lord, thank you for letting us be challenged in this world. It would be boring if we knew everything, though it might be helpful to know a little bit more than what we know already. But Lord, help us never to quit learning. Help us to never lose the desire to know you more and to know our fellow pilgrims more. You are amazing and so are they. Give us the desire to use our heads, hearts, and hands to know this universe which you created and we look forward to what you have to teach us today. Amen.

July 24, 2017, 10:00 AM

Summer Words


Something I think we all could do more. Something we could be doing more often if we truly understood the Bible. When you consider the father of Israel was actually a deceiver and a heel (meaning of his name Jacob) before he sired twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel. Also reading about an eighty year old man, Moses, with a speech impediment who confronted the King of Egypt. Telling him to let over a million people leave their employment to worship their God in the desert, yeah right. So often we read the last shall be first and then read how it happens. These stories confirm that God’s plan is more humorous than we would think befits the master of the Universe. And the most amazing humorous thing of all is that a baby, Jesus, comes to earth to bring to us a transformed life and not just us, but everyone who believes in him. Amazingly, wondrous, and fully laughable, who would have thought!

Lord, help us everyday to see humor in our lives. Help us to open our eyes to the those unexpected events in our lives, the surprises that bring a smile to our face. Like making plans for our day and then becoming frustrated when everything doesn’t go our way. We easily forget who is the master of the universe. We also don’t always recognize those unexpected pleasures when something not in our plans falls in our lap that brings us a flutter of joy. Let us not forget the Jewish proverb that says “Man plans and then God laughs.” Help us to laugh being assured it is you who directs the universe and we don't have to. Amen.

July 21, 2017, 11:42 AM

Summer Words


Something that rises up from within. This is not something we achieve or can manufacture. It is something that is a gift from God. It is basking in the presence of God. It is being who we were created to be in the moment. It is like an inner smile, with bubbles. It is holding a new born child, soaking in the beauty of landscape, it is a transcendent experience which has no place or time tied to it. It is a moment of wonder at its best.

Lord, help us to be ready to receive your gift of joy. Let us be patient in our walk, but expectant in meeting you. Joy is like hugging an old friend who we rarely see, but are filled with well-being when we touch. Lord, help us to embrace the moment of beauty, wonder, and your grace when we experience joy. Amen.