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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. 5, 2010 - Living Examples

By Geff Mastro

In our home it’s very easy to see that my wife and I don’t just love each other; we also like each other. We’re physical people, and we hug, tickle and show our affection in many different ways. It’s not uncommon for the kids to come into the kitchen and see Mommy and Daddy hugging, kissing or even making romantic comments.

Some people feel uncomfortable about shows of affection like this in front of their children. But I think love should flow unrestricted between a husband and wife — much the same way a little child spontaneously offers up yummy sounds when eating a good bowl of ice cream. Or maybe like that Ah-h-h sound early in the morning with your first cup of coffee. Now that’s love!

Sometimes our shows of affection get us comments from the kids like “Ugh! That’s gross! Would you two stop?!” Just the other night, our second-born passed through the family room while we were expressing our love for one another and commented, “Now, now, be good,” as she kept walking. My only hope is that they feel as repulsed about kissing a boy when suitors come knocking at the door looking for them.

Although they make comments, you can tell that our daughters are happy to see us together hugging and not hitting. It provides them with a sense that the household is secure, as well as a reference point for what a relationship should look like.

As parents and the leaders of our family, we are called in everything to set an example for our children (Titus 2:7). Our daughters shouldn’t see our “church face” on a Sunday but then see us screaming and yelling on Monday. Not that we don’t slip and lose our temper, or even do the wrong thing at times, but we need to consistently demonstrate to them very clearly by example exactly what a couple should look like, so when they get older they seek out what they’ve seen modeled and not something less desirable.

If little girls do indeed look for the same attributes in a mate as they see in their fathers, I personally intend to have them view physical affection, gentleness and faithful desire for one another as the norm.

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.



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