Randy's Reflections
June 24, 2017, 1:22 PM

Summer Words


Forget

A good word to remember. Yes, it is important for us to remember that we will never be forgotten, by God. But on the other hand God will forget our sins when we have confessed and been forgiven for them. We may find it hard to forget those sins of othes against us, but then we are to do that which God does for us. We are to leave our past behind, to forget that which has driven or lured us away from God, looking at our life as something that is new. So if God forgets those times we have caused him pain and broken our relationship with him, so shouldn't we forget those times others have done the same to us. Remembering sins only keeps the prisoner chained to them and that prisoner too often is us.

Lord, help us to be grateful for all that you have forgotten about us and how you have forgotten those times we turned from you. Help us also to forget those times when we have been treated poorly by others. Help us to be free from the chain of memory which does not allow for things to change. Help us to be transformed and allow those around us to be transformed as well. Help us to break free from those difficult memories and cling to that memory which we cherish, your love for us. Amen.




June 23, 2017, 11:43 AM

Summer Words


Father

This has been a week to remember the man who went before us. The responsibilities of fathers has changed over the decades. I think they have changed for the better. I think most of them are more involved with their families than they used to be. I think they have more expectations on them than they used to have. I think there is more support for them than there used to be also. Yet I still have times when I miss my dad. I long for someone to talk to about those questions that really don't have an answer, yet it would be comforting to know that even the one who went before me is also in a quandry. I am glad also to know that even though no earthly father can answer all me questions at least the heavenly one will never leave me nor forsake me. "This is my Father's world." May I come to him whenever I am in need.

Lord, you are the one who calls us be our name. You are the one who hears our petitions and listens to all our questions. I am so thankful that I had a father who loved me the best way he could. I also am glad that I have had an opportunity to try my hand at parenting with someone who is more compassionate, loving, and wise than I am. Help us all to be available to any who comes to us for advice and help us to tell them they have a heavenly parent who loves them more than they can ever imagine. Amen.




June 22, 2017, 10:19 AM

Summer Words


Family

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.