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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 4, 2010 - Lessons From the Tooth Fairy

By Alex Bryant

My 6-year-old son, Trey, lost his first tooth. It was a clean extraction. After discovering it was loose he played around with it and wiggled it free just after polishing off his third piece of pepperoni pizza during dinner. Who knew a kid with a loose tooth could throw down three pieces of pizza so quickly? Nevertheless, Trey was excited about the opportunity to have his first visit from the legendary tooth fairy. He wondered how she would be able to move his head and get the tooth out from under his pillow without him noticing it at all.

Have you ever seen the tooth fairy? Did you know that the tooth fairy is not a she at all? He’s actually a 300-pound big bald black man who also serves as youth pastor by day. I saw him with my own eyes. Isn’t that what you remember the tooth fairy looking like?

I woke up early the next morning, not wanting to miss a single moment of this first experience with my boy. I went into his room to wake him and watched him quickly pop up and check underneath his pillow. He was happy to find his tooth was gone and left in its place was a neatly folded dollar bill.

Childhood fables are part of the fun of growing up. And we readily let go of them when we mature. But there’s a childlike faith we need to hold on to.

When was the last time Jesus made a visit to your house? Do you believe in Him enough that He would even know He is welcome? Do you lie down at night thinking about Him and wondering if He is going to make himself known to you? When was the last time you went to sleep thinking of nothing but Jesus and anxiously awaiting your next experience with Him? Jesus longs to spend time with you and me every day. He says in His Word that He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, waiting for us to let Him in (Revelation 3:20). Many have let Him in the door, but somewhere along the way decided that He’s not real or that He’s not what they need.

Unlike the tooth fairy, Jesus is not a mythical figure or the object of folklore or religious tradition. He is alive and well, and He longs to visit with you all the time. He can give you more than any tooth fairy ever could. He won’t ever go away and you will never outgrow him. Now put a smile on your face and look for the dollar underneath your pillow.

— Alex Bryant serves as college and young adults pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Fla.



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