Randy's Reflections
July 15, 2017, 12:09 PM

Summer Words


Hunger

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

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.




July 15, 2017, 12:08 PM

Summer Words


Hopeful

The last three days I have been helping my brother-in-law paint a two-story house. It is an ominous task. Each day when we end I marvel at what we have accomplished and yet I also look with concern about what we still have to do. Each night I go to bed hopeful that this endeavor will end well. Whenever we look at some overwhelming task we need to remember that we don’t have to do it on our own. We have not only a community on which we can call for help, but we have a God who will be there to help us through that overwhelming task or event. No matter what concerns you have for the future know that God is there for you. Your task may be longer than a week of painting, but just think of the satisfaction when the job is finished. That is what I am trying to do.

Lord, we all have challenges to meet. We all have jobs that need to finished. We all have concerns which cause us some anxiety. But we also all have a God who walks with us, cheers for us, and gives us friends who provide a helping hand, or heart. Lord, help us to be ever grateful for your faithfulness and let us be hopeful for the future which holds heavenly surprises for us. Amen.