Randy's Reflections
June 22, 2017, 10:19 AM

Summer Words


I can't help but think of the special event in our extended family when I consider this word. Joan's brother Tom two days ago had  his first grandson born. This will be his sixth grandchild, but the first boy. I am sure, if he is like I am, he is grateful for everyone of his grandkids, but it is nice to have both genders in the mix. And so we are again reminded to be thankful for our family. And so it is with our Christian family. Sometimes we don't get along so well, but everyone of us brings something to the table. Everyone of us is welcome by God and we need to be sure to welcome those who join the family. I am thankful, at this moment, for each of you and am grateful that I have a family to walk with, mourn with, and celebrate with. So let's thank our family members even those we didn't choose to be part of it.

Lord, you not only desired us to have a loving parent, but to have a family we can depend on, we can belong to, and we can forgive. Truth be known unless we can forgive those in our family we don't really know the challenge they have in forgiving us. Thank you for giving us the challenge to embrace and not to exclude those you have given us as family. Amen.

June 20, 2017, 12:44 PM

Summer Words


There are three worlds for us to explore. Most people like to explore the outer world, that which is all around us. There is so much to see and so many places to be. Yet we are more aware of our surroundings if we explore our inner world as well. What makes us tick? What causes our emotions to soar or to plummet? Who we are becoming. These two worlds, the world around us and the world within us, are worlds we can find intriguing and inspiring as they are worlds we most readily explore. But the third world, the world of others, is a world which can be just as exhilarating. If we are willing to enter that third world our vision can change as we learn to see what other people see. That third world can help us grow as we walk others in the shoes of others. That third world can be truly satisfying as we realize how rich our life experience can be if we are just willing to explore this world through the hearts of others.

Lord, help me to relish the creation I get to explore. Lord, help me to be grateful for the wonder I discover my self exploration. Lord, help me to be open to explore the differences I find in others and embrace a world rich and varied, knowing that all of it is created by you. Lord, help me to always be ready to explore new frontiers knowing you guide us and watch over us in all our explorations. Amen.

June 19, 2017, 6:58 PM

Summer Words


What does it mean to be in exile? It means to be displaced from your home. It means to be in a place other than where your true home is. Some of us feel we are not truly at home on this earth. We long for a place where there is no more sorrow and no more pain. A place where joy and freedom reign. A place that some may call heaven, but definitely a place that everyone can call home. We are fortunate to be in this land, but we are not in our true home. We can be thankful for where we live, but this is not the place for which we were truly made. We were made to live in God's country and we won't arrive there until we touch eternity. This place is not our home, but we can learn to live here we just need to be ready to go home when we are called to move on..

Lord, we are grateful for the homes you give us, but we know that you build a place for us which will be our true home. That place will be filled with friends and family. We will sing with the choirs who have sung for centuries glory to your name. Let us not get too comfortable here for we are just passing through, going to a place that will be our home for eternity. Amen.