Posts Tagged ‘grandchildren’

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wanderings, Wonderings

August 30, 2014

Posting three things I am thankful for, for five days. This is day two:
Yesterday I posted that I was thankful to God first and foremost, thankful for my beautiful wife and thankful for my grandchildren.

1. I am also very thankful for our two beautiful daughters, Misty and Tracie. They are the ones who made our life complete and were the driving force for us to join St. John’s UMC in West Orange almost 40 years ago. We knew raising them in church would make them better people. Thank you girls for the five beautiful grandchildren.
2. I am thankful for family. Thankful for Jane’s side of the family, the Johnsons. They accepted me into the family and are my brothers and sisters. My Mom and Dad, Mom especially, for dragging me to church. Not that we went every day but often enough to give me some basic knowledge. Dad for his strong moral direction.
3. I am thankful for our daughters husbands. Having two son in laws who are good to our daughters and who are hard workers and very good dads is such a blessing.
I know that is really more than three things to be thankful for but each blessing is surrounded by blessings flowing out from them. That is just the way God works in this world. “Give thanks to the Holy One”.

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

August 29, 2014

My good friend Jeannie Perkins challenged me on Facebook to list three things daily that I am thankful for. This will be my first day and I will try to post each day on Facebook and here too. Hope everyone has a blessed day and that through your faith in Jesus Christ you will be able to love more deeply.

Posting three things I am thankful for, for five days. This is day one:
1. Of course, first and foremost, I am thankful for God who sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide me with gentleness and patience. Lots and lots of patience.
2. I give glory and honor to God because it is through Him that I met my beautiful wife, 43 years of marriage, it seems like just yesterday.
3. I am so very thankful for grandchildren, (5). Lots of joy and blessings come through those little ones as we watch them grow.
And a reminder to all, that truly all things good come from our God. Give Him glory and honor at all times. Claim Jesus Christ as your savior. Put Him first in your life and things of this world can be seen in a different “light”.

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

October 3, 2013


Jane and I are proud grandparents. I guess you can see that by the smiles on our faces. I do want to call attention to the smile, perhaps smirk, on the face of Lila Jane, our newest grandchild. It is as if the look says “Well I have really got it made, these two will be suckers for anything I want”. Shes pretty much right on.

Jane and I love our grandchildren and we will do whatever we can to help them make a good life out of the life that God has given her.

Isn’t that what God wants us to do with all of His children, help them make a good life out of the life that God has given them. Through prayer, meditation and the change of heart that only God can bring about in us, will we be able to help those less fortunate than us. While being a witness to our grandchildren is really important to us, it is just as important to be a good witness to the love God has for all of us to each and every person we encounter every day.

Love your neighbor means what it says. While loving grandchildren might be a lot easier than loving some we meet in our lives, it is still important to show God’s love for us all to the world.

Have a blessed day,

Pastor Randy

Pastors Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

July 24, 2013

The first two paragraphs are from a sermon by Leonard Sweet and the rest is mine.

What you do is your history. What you set in motion is your legacy.” Are you just pouring concrete or building a skyscraper?
Every one of us wants to leave a “legacy.“ Something that outlasts our biological lives and can somehow continue to declare “I was here.” For a very few this is achieved through intellect or infamy, greatness or great sacrifice. But for those of us who know we are not Augustine or Martin Luther, or Christopher Columbus or George Washington or Albert Einstein or Martin Luther King, Jr. — we still have a gateway to a large-than-life memory. What is it?

Our story.

Our family. Our siblings. Our spouses. Our children. Our great-grandchildren. Our “story,” our life goes on, because we are remembered and recounted in the memories, in the roots, branches and leaves, of our family tree.

Our family tree (our grandchild Lila Jane) has just grown by one. The births of our children and grandchildren are times for us to stop and reflect on the legacy we leave behind. How will we be remembered? How will you be remembered?

I hope to be remembered as someone who loved family very much because I loved God and the savior, His Son. I hope that family will recognize that love for God in me, my love for them and be able to pass those two traits on to those who come after them. That is what I want my legacy to be.

As Christians, we are called to show God’s love for all peoples to each and everyone we meet. Go out and leave a legacy of love for family, friends, neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Randy


Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

July 11, 2012

Friday, July 6th, I celebrated my 62nd birthday.  I was asked what I wanted to do on my birthday so I told Jane that I wanted the grandkids and her to take me to see Spiderman and go out to eat.  We enjoyed the show and the meal was good too, but the best part was spending the evening with family.  The only way it could have been better is if the Parzens, Tracie and Jeremy, could have been here with our newest granddaughter Georgia.

I hope it is obvious to the world that family is very important to me. Having loving relationships with children and grandchildren are important and must be one of our most important life priorities. Just as we show our love for our children and grandchildren, as Mother’s and Father’s, we must allow our Savior to work within our lives to provide that witness of love for them through Him.  They will see in us His love and look for that “Spirit of Love” for themselves.

We must be strong and faithful in our love for our God.  Remember the words of Joshua, “but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Have a blessed day! Tell those in your family that you love them and show them your love is from God through you.

1 Corinthians 13 tells us what love “is.”

Pastor Randy