Randy's Reflections
July 5, 2017, 10:59 AM

Summer Words


Gratitude

Next to forgiveness I think gratitude is probably the best word to describe what it means to be a Christian. Gratitude for God’s love and grace is the best way to describe the true mark of a Christian. Recognizing God has gifted us with life, liberty (free will), and communion (a relationship) should help us always be in an attitude of gratitude. It is true there will be times when life goes sideways, but God is always there beside us. And for that we can be most thankful.

Lord, help us to remember that all we have is from you. Help us to remember that all we are is from you. Help us to remember that all we can be is because of you. If we never forget these things we can’t help but experience gratitude. Thank you for who you are and who we are becoming. Amen.




July 4, 2017, 2:10 PM

Summer Words


Grace

This is a great word for a holiday like July 4th. We are so blessed to have the freedoms we have and I think too often we take them for granted.I know those freedoms have cost many people dearly. Some of that cost is to gain the freedom and some of that cost is to maintain that freedom. Yet I believe without God's grace we never would have those freedoms in the first place. It takes courage and sacrifice to gain, maintain, and provide freedom to all and I thank God for raising up people who are willing to do that. I also thank God that we can also be partners in that freedom trilogy. I hope we will continue to provide freedom for all, even at the expense of sacrifices we need to make to see this happen.

Lord, thank you for your grace in our lives. Thank you for those who take up the baton to see that freedom continues to be a hallmark of our nation. Also thank you for those that take up the baton to see that freedom is also a hallmark of our faith. We know that without your grace and the partnership of all those who have sacrificed so much for us we would never experience freedom. Help us to do our part to see that freedom reigns throughout this world and help us to never forget the part you play, through your grace, to see that reign happen. Amen.




July 3, 2017, 10:32 AM

Summer Words


Goodness

Goodness is not always easy to find. Most of us know the difference between good and evil. And most of us find it pretty easy to be good as opposed to bad. But true goodness is like love, it is hardest when all around you it is not evident. Goodness is God's glory in action. We find it the first creation story in Genesis 1. When all there was was darkness and chaos God made the earth and all that was in it and saw it as 'very good." True goodness means to follow God and take the initiative to do that which is right and beautiful. That is goodness found.

Lord, help me to recognize when I am called to bring goodness to my situation. I know that goodness is not that which is fair, but that which is needed. You saw the chaos, you saw the darkness and out of those you created order and your gave light. Help us, in our small way, to bring goodness to a world which cries for relief from all that is unsettling knowing there is a better way. Amen.