Randy's Reflections
December 21, 2017, 11:57 AM

Advent Words of Winter


A member of a group defined by location is a citizen. You are a subject of that community. In this song the location is heaven. It is a place where angels and human beings, together, rejoice in the Lordship of Jesus. This is where people of faith come to celebrate the Lord of the universe. Though we can sing of it now, in the future we will celebrate it in person. Where is your citizenship? What country or place are you a subject of or a committed participant?

Lord, help us to be the citizens we need to be here on earth, but always with a goal to ultimately be citizens in heaven. This means we need to commit to your lordship and we need to follow your lead. We need to remember that the things we do on this earth will pass away, but the love we have and the love we give will last forever. Lord, help us to love as you love us, to embrace as you have embraced us, to offer grace as we have been offered grace. This is how we more fully become a citizen of your kingdom. Amen.

December 20, 2017, 9:48 AM

Advent Words of Winter


This is a feeling of joy or happiness. It is a feeling of jubilation or delight. What is it that gives you delight? What brings you joy? This is what the angels felt when Jesus appeared. Here was the long awaited promise from God. Perhaps they knew this was when God’s kingdom was being established on earth. This was the end of Satan’s rule and the beginning of a new kingdom lead by God’s Son. If it brought angels delight, how much more should that establishment of the kingdom bring us?

Lord, help us to be more aware of your kingship on this earth. Help us to be delighted in your presence and your reign. Knowing that you love us and watch over us brings us joy and delight. Help us to share that delight with others and be jubilant in all that we do and say this day. Amen.

December 19, 2017, 10:17 AM

Advent Words of Winter


This is such a great word. It sounds so regal, so majestic, so awe-inspiring. It is sometimes translated as “See!”, open your eyes and look intently, for what you are seeing is phenomenal. Sometimes beholding something is more of feeling than a looking. Sometimes to behold something is to have it really take hold of you. Something that you behold changes you and your whole outlook on life. It is like seeing a new born baby and realizing this is something created in God’s image, something to behold. When was the last time something took hold of you? When was the last time you took a moment to behold Him?

Lord, help us this day to take a moment and behold you! Help us to take a moment and realize that it was the creator God who came to earth, so long ago, to allow us to behold Him. God in the flesh walked among us and God’s spirit is still with us. Lord, help us to make room this Christmas to again behold Him and adore Him, for he is Christ the Lord!