Randy's Reflections
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June 3, 2017, 10:41 AM

Summer Words

Angry

This is not a word we often associate with the loving God of the New Testament, but this can be an emotion which motivates us to do something. It can be beneficial to get us moving when complancey has settled in our hearts. Sometimes it is so overwhelming to think of all things that are wrong in the world, but if we get angry it can help us put our concerns in to constructive action. So let us not bottle up our anger, but ask God to help us find ways we can use this emotion for His good.

Lord, help me to acknowledge my feelings of anger and to be guided by you to bring good into this world because of it. Help me not too be overwhelmed by all that is wrong in this world, but to find something I can give my energy to when I am feeling trapped, misunderstood, or afraid. We know that perfect love drives out fear (I John 4:18) so help us to not to be blinded by our anger, but to be motivated by it to make right which we believe is wrong. Give us one thing to do which will bring your love to this world and to you be the glory, amen.




June 2, 2017, 4:57 PM

Summer Words

Amazed​

The fog rolling over the hills, the accelerated growth of new plants in the garden, and the burst of color found in spring flowers all are amazing. What once was bland, brown, and mottled is now lush, colorful, and varigated. So it is with our life. When I look back I see an amazing God orchestrating events bursting with excitement and exuberance. I remember birth of our babies. I remember achievements in colleges and universities. I remember recognizing and sharing my gifts and skills in my various vocations. I also remember the close and fulfllling relationships with my family and friends. The world, the people, and my life is amazing. All because of our Lord and Savior.

Lord, you have been not only my rock and fortress, but you have been my help, my encourager, and my champion. Thank you for not only walking by my side, but for leading me and challenging me to become the person I can be. I am amazed that you love me so much that you take a personal interest in me and you help me become better than I have ever been. I am amazed by your provision and our constant care. Thank you for this day and all the days hereafter.




June 2, 2017, 1:32 PM

Summer Words

Thank you to everyone who sent me a word or words to think about this summer. I am looking forward to reflecting with you about our spiritual life in relation to these words. I hope that as you read you will also consider your own thoughts on each word of the day. Blessings and happy reflecting, Pastor Randy

 

Afterlife

Perhaps this is a good word to start with for our "Words of Summer" excursion. So what does happen after we die? This is a good word on which to reflect, but certainly not a word which should consume our thinking. It does make me remember that my time here is fleeting and I need to use this time well. I need to remember to celebrate the good times and the difficult times are only for a moment. So let us think about what we should do differently if we want to do something that will last beyond our momentary existence here on earth and let us not dwell on what we should have done yesterday.

Lord, thank you for my life here on earth. Help me to focus on that which will last, not that which will soon pass away. Help me to mature in character, which will be with us forever and not focus on accumlating possessions, which will rust, fall apart, and be stolen. Help me to look forward to the gathering of those who have departed in the faith in the here after and not regret those things I didn't get done today. In you we put our eternal trust. Amen. 


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