Randy's Reflections
July 8, 2017, 10:11 AM

Summer Words


Heart

This is such an important word. In Hebrew thought this is the core of our physical being. There is no separation between heart and mind, it is one and the same. Therefore if we love with all our heart, both God and neighbor, we are including our thoughts and our emotions. This is also the organ that keeps our body alive. It is the circulatory system which gets the oxygen where it needs to go, from the lungs to the brain and to all the extremities. If our heart is not functioning well then the whole body suffers. So it is with our spiritual life, if the heart needs to be restored or rejuvenated or redeemed then the body is not fully alive. But when the heart is made new, then the rest of our body is given new life. 

Lord, help our heart to be made new every morning. Help your love to permeate not only our heart, but our whole body so we can be fully functioning witnesses for you. Help us to be the example that will draw others to your redeeming love and share with others the way in which you have been our redeemer. Help us to be fully alive experiencing and celebrating our new hearts. Amen.




July 8, 2017, 10:11 AM

Summer Words


Hands

I just finished swimming this morning and I am so thankful for hands. Hands to put on my swim suit, hands to drive to the pool, hands to pull through the water, and hands to get out when I am done. Hands also provide ways to get food into my mouth, to give me drink, and to welcome others. Hands can also inflict pain. Pain as a result of frustration, pain as a result of anger, pain as a result of fear. Yet God gave us hands not only as an extension of ourselves to provide sustenance, to provide welcome, but also to create beauty. Those that have spent time training their hands well, can scuplt, can sew, and can build to create things magnificiently beautiful. How are you use your hands today to bring life to this world?

Lord, thank you for our hands. These hands can be used for good or ill, yet you give us the choice to direct their use. Help us to find ways to praise you through our hands, be it to welcome, to give, or just to be a marveleous reminder of the body you gave us. May our hands bring life to ourselves and those around us, for hands are merely an extension of our heart and it is our heart which we have given to you. Help us to love you and others through our hands. Amen.




July 6, 2017, 12:14 PM

Summer Words


Grow/Growth

This word speaks to me of the ongoing process of creation. When God created all that there is it was not created to be static. There is an ongoing change to everything that is around us. There is an ongoing transformation. If we are atuned to God and to God''s leading we will continue to become more like we were created to be. Perhaps the essence of who we are is found in the character that is being formed through God's continual creation in us. That to me is what growth is all about.

Lord, help us to be open to your leading in our lives. We know that you can, and will, guide us if we are open to growing in your ways. Help us to be expectant about how we will be changed this day. Help us to look forward to the ways you will help our character develop this day. Help us to long for becoming more like you designed us to be. And we will give you praise for never leaving us the same. Amen.