Randy's Reflections
July 12, 2017, 7:08 PM

Summer Words


Honor

Is this something we do for all people or do they have to earn it? I think God wants us to do this for all people. Doesn’t it mean we have to agree or accept their choices? I don’t think so, but it does mean we have to treat them with respect and honesty. If they say or do something wrong we can still honor them, but we can also confront them. We can disagree with them. We can tell them what we think is wrong, but we need to treat them with as one of God’s creatures. To honor someone does not mean we need to revere them, but it does mean we need to respect them.

Lord, help us to treat others with the same respect you have given us. You are willing to accept our choices, may not agree, but accept. You are willing to offer us your love and grace and so we need to do to all others as well. Help us Lord, to offer others what you offer us, but also help us to voice our concerns if we have any. Honor requires us to treat others with honesty. Amen.




July 12, 2017, 7:07 PM

Summer Words


Honesty

At first glance this is something we all commend. Yet can we go through a full day without being dishonest? Are we honest at stop signs? Are we honest when someone needs a compliment? Are we honest when someone asks us how we really are (How are you?)? Perhaps a better word to have first on our list is compassion. Compassion not toward our self, but compassion toward others. If we are dishonest, is it because we are trying to avoid the consequences or is it because we are trying to care for another. I don’t advocate dishonesty, but if we are being painfully honest who is truly suffering?

Lord, help us to be honest with ourselves. Lord, help us to be honest with you. Lord, help us to better discern when we are dishonest, is it to save face or is it to help another? Lord, help us to hear your voice and be more concerned about honesty with ourselves, that asking others to be completely honest with us. Amen.




July 10, 2017, 7:34 PM

Summer Words


Heaven/Heavenly

We often think of this as a place where we have no worries, no pain, and are overwhelmed by its beauty. I think of it most often when I am in the Sierras and have no obligations weighing on my shoulders. Yet I also think of it when I am in a small group of friends and laughter and closeness abound. It is good to think of these things, but it is also important that we forget not that we have a calling here on earth to live out the grace and love God has given us. I wonder what our calling would be in the all heavenly place?

Lord, help us to look forward to a time and a place where we have no cares, but also to a place where we can celebrate everyone we meet. Help us to anticipate the wonder of your beauty and to be able to bask in your presence, but remind us of our calling here on earth. We can look forward to a time in the future, but let us not abandon the present. Amen.