Wide Awake

Randy Smit

READ : Song of Solomon 2:8-13 My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away . . .” (v. 10) There are a million things coming to life each day and a million other things passing away. That includes us. Several years ago I had the opportunity to extend pastoral care to a family whose daughter had died in an accident while in her first semester of college. Our community was shocked; she …

Speak and Watch

Randy Smit

READ : Psalm 5 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (v. 3 KJV) I’m not sure what mornings are like for you. Perhaps the first thing you hear is an alarm clock or the voice of a loved one. Most mornings the first voice I hear is my own, saying, “Where’s the coffee?” But later on I’ll notice a shift, a waking …

What We Live By

Randy Smit

READ : Deuteronomy 6:20-25 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deut. 6:5 NIV) If you want to know what someone truly loves, you just need to live with them for a little while. They needn’t say a word to you about their religion or beliefs. You can look at their calendar, what’s on their schedule—and what isn’t. You can sneak a peek at their checkbook. You can …

Love, Full Circle

Randy Smit

READ : Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (v. 5 NIV) “You shall love the Lord your God,” says Deuteronomy. It sounds like it should be written in caps. Hearing it this way has bothered me from a very young age. I have wondered, perhaps like you, can love be demanded of someone? Is this really the spirit of God, to forcefully press a person …

Undivided Love

Randy Smit

READ : Deuteronomy 6:1-5 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. (v. 4 NIV) How many e-mails have you looked at in the last month? Now add in the countless texts, tweets, and phone calls. Multiply by the number of advertisements you have seen. What do you get? Information inundation and hyperactive multitasking. As a result our attention spans have shortened our ability to sit still and be present. Our focus has been fractured. Today’s key …

How to Count

Randy Smit

READ : Psalm 90 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (v. 12 NIV) If you have lived even for just a little while you’ve discovered that not every day goes as planned. Our carefully orchestrated schedules and strategies unravel right before our eyes. Someone gets sick, a car breaks down, the weather doesn’t cooperate, or suddenly we end up out of work. We thought we had things under control only to find …