Randy's Reflections
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June 23, 2017, 11:43 AM

Summer Words

Father

This has been a week to remember the man who went before us. The responsibilities of fathers has changed over the decades. I think they have changed for the better. I think most of them are more involved with their families than they used to be. I think they have more expectations on them than they used to have. I think there is more support for them than there used to be also. Yet I still have times when I miss my dad. I long for someone to talk to about those questions that really don't have an answer, yet it would be comforting to know that even the one who went before me is also in a quandry. I am glad also to know that even though no earthly father can answer all me questions at least the heavenly one will never leave me nor forsake me. "This is my Father's world." May I come to him whenever I am in need.

Lord, you are the one who calls us be our name. You are the one who hears our petitions and listens to all our questions. I am so thankful that I had a father who loved me the best way he could. I also am glad that I have had an opportunity to try my hand at parenting with someone who is more compassionate, loving, and wise than I am. Help us all to be available to any who comes to us for advice and help us to tell them they have a heavenly parent who loves them more than they can ever imagine. Amen.




June 22, 2017, 10:19 AM

Summer Words

Family

I can't help but think of the special event in our extended family when I consider this word. Joan's brother Tom two days ago had  his first grandson born. This will be his sixth grandchild, but the first boy. I am sure, if he is like I am, he is grateful for everyone of his grandkids, but it is nice to have both genders in the mix. And so we are again reminded to be thankful for our family. And so it is with our Christian family. Sometimes we don't get along so well, but everyone of us brings something to the table. Everyone of us is welcome by God and we need to be sure to welcome those who join the family. I am thankful, at this moment, for each of you and am grateful that I have a family to walk with, mourn with, and celebrate with. So let's thank our family members even those we didn't choose to be part of it.

Lord, you not only desired us to have a loving parent, but to have a family we can depend on, we can belong to, and we can forgive. Truth be known unless we can forgive those in our family we don't really know the challenge they have in forgiving us. Thank you for giving us the challenge to embrace and not to exclude those you have given us as family. Amen.




June 20, 2017, 12:44 PM

Summer Words

Exploration

There are three worlds for us to explore. Most people like to explore the outer world, that which is all around us. There is so much to see and so many places to be. Yet we are more aware of our surroundings if we explore our inner world as well. What makes us tick? What causes our emotions to soar or to plummet? Who we are becoming. These two worlds, the world around us and the world within us, are worlds we can find intriguing and inspiring as they are worlds we most readily explore. But the third world, the world of others, is a world which can be just as exhilarating. If we are willing to enter that third world our vision can change as we learn to see what other people see. That third world can help us grow as we walk others in the shoes of others. That third world can be truly satisfying as we realize how rich our life experience can be if we are just willing to explore this world through the hearts of others.

Lord, help me to relish the creation I get to explore. Lord, help me to be grateful for the wonder I discover my self exploration. Lord, help me to be open to explore the differences I find in others and embrace a world rich and varied, knowing that all of it is created by you. Lord, help me to always be ready to explore new frontiers knowing you guide us and watch over us in all our explorations. Amen.


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