Randy's Reflections
July 17, 2017, 7:26 PM

Summer Words


Is this something we learn or is it something that comes naturally? If you observe children you will find that when they want something they want it now. Catering to their desires will only make matters worse and soon they expect or feel they are entitled to what they want immediately. Yet don’t we appreciate possessions, achievements, and relationships the longer it takes to cultivate them? Being impatient can mean we have a desire for something and God gives us desires, but along with that desire we need to learn to be patient to fulfill that desire. Let us be impatient about those things which would make the world better, like love, justice and peace, but let us be patient about those things which satisfy us possessions, achievements, and relationships.

Lord, thank you that we have desires and expectations to receive that which is good. Help us to be patient for those things which enrich our lives, but be impatient for those things which enrich the world. Help us to yearn for a speedy resolution for a world that needs love, justice and peace, but be willing to be patient as we seek our role in this endeavor. Give us the an urgency to help others but patience to help ourselves. Amen.

July 15, 2017, 12:09 PM

Summer Words


This is what keeps us alive. I don’t just mean hunger for good. I mean hunger for life. I mean that which gives us the motivation to continue on. If we lose our appetite, for food, or for living, not only will our body starve, but our soul will atrophy as well. If we no longer have the desire to live, if we aren’t hungry for life, then there is no reason to live. Yet if you feel like life is not worth living then know this, God wants you to live. God not only wants you to survive, but God wants you to thrive. God put that hunger in you, find out what feeds you and live life to the full.

Lord, help us to continue on. Help us to find out what is life-giving for us. Help us to taste what it means to thrive in the midst of our fight to survive. Lord, you created us, you gave us our desires, desires to experience wonder, beauty, and life. Help us to do what we need to do to feed the hunger you gave us, and we thank you not only for food for our bodies, but also food for our soul. Amen.

July 15, 2017, 12:08 PM

Summer Words


Humility begins when we realize we are not an island. We are not self-made people. We have had a plethora (don’t you just love that word) of people who have guided us, who have nurtured us, and who have encouraged us along our way. That realization causes us to be thankful for what we have done and who we have become. Not only that but the one who gave us the very breath we breathe loves us beyond measure and offers me an opportunity to response to that love in all that I do and all that I say. God wants us and that is humbling.

Lord, we are grateful that you created us, that you chose us, that you called us. We are loved by you and not for what we do but because of who we are becoming. The master of the universe loves us beyond measure and desires to have our love as well. Help us to receive comfort, courage, and a thankful heart knowing that we are precious to you.  We are humbled. Amen.