Randy's Reflections
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June 27, 2017, 11:44 AM

Summer Words

Free

This week in our "Marching Through Mark" series we read chapter 16 of this gospel. This is the story of the resurrection. This is when we learn the result of Christ's death on the cross. Because of his death and resurrection are set free from all that holds us back from being the person God created us to be. This is also the week that we prepare for the Sunday closest to July fourth, the holiday that reminds us of our independence from tyranny. That is what sin is for us, a tyrant. Something which enslaves us from true life. So this week let us celebrate our freedom in Christ and that way next week we can celebrate our freedom as a nation. The truth will set you free and then you will be free indeed.

Lord, you have taken on all that which keeps us from truly living life as it was meant to be. You have conquered death and paid for our sins. We give you thanks and celebrate the freedom which only we can enjoy because of your sacrifice. Let us proclaim in word and deed the freedom you have given us and let us not hold anyone back from expereincing that freedom also, be they family, friends or foreigners. It is through you that freedom can ring, let it ring loudly for all. Amen.




June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Summer Words

Forgiven

This is what we are. This is not something we can earn, but certainly something we all need. Yet if we need it so badly why do we not share with others so readily? It can be hard to ask for and sometimes even harder to receive, but I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to ask God and others for it. Perhaps today not only will I ask for it, but I will give to all those who need it, even if they do not ask. Perhaps that is the greatest gift we can give ourselves is to offer forgiveness.

Lord, help me not only to acknowledge my need for forgiveness, but make me more aware of my need for it. And Lord help me to forgive others as freely as you have forgiven me and help me to allow you to be their judge. Too often we judge others, and many times that judgment is only because they remind us of our own failings. A mirror should help us to grow in compassion and grace instead of tryanny and judgment. Help us to forgive as we have been forgiven. Amen.




June 24, 2017, 1:22 PM

Summer Words

Forget

A good word to remember. Yes, it is important for us to remember that we will never be forgotten, by God. But on the other hand God will forget our sins when we have confessed and been forgiven for them. We may find it hard to forget those sins of othes against us, but then we are to do that which God does for us. We are to leave our past behind, to forget that which has driven or lured us away from God, looking at our life as something that is new. So if God forgets those times we have caused him pain and broken our relationship with him, so shouldn't we forget those times others have done the same to us. Remembering sins only keeps the prisoner chained to them and that prisoner too often is us.

Lord, help us to be grateful for all that you have forgotten about us and how you have forgotten those times we turned from you. Help us also to forget those times when we have been treated poorly by others. Help us to be free from the chain of memory which does not allow for things to change. Help us to be transformed and allow those around us to be transformed as well. Help us to break free from those difficult memories and cling to that memory which we cherish, your love for us. Amen.


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