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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. 15, 2010 - Post-Valentine's Day Blues

By Scott Harrup

On Valentine’s Day each year, I join millions of husbands in a collective attempt to communicate to our wives just how much we love them. But February 15 can easily burst that romantic bubble as regular life kicks into gear yet again. And this year it’s a Monday to boot.

If I’m not careful, February 15 can erase much of the blessing of February 14 — just like the day after Christmas or Thanksgiving can deteriorate into errands and clean-up projects and induce a sort of gratitude amnesia. One day I’m thanking God for His gracious gifts in my life — particularly the gift of His Son — and the next I’m grumping in the return line at Wal-Mart.

Like Christmas and Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day should be a special one-day observance of a 365-day reality. I should always overflow with gratitude to God. I should always overflow with love and appreciation for Jodie. She has transformed my life to my immeasurable benefit for nearly 24 years.

So, Monday insanity notwithstanding, I’m determined to keep Valentine’s flame burning.

“Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun — all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 9:9, NIV).

The Old Testament preacher had it right. Running the rat race can feel pretty meaningless at times. But I’ve been blessed with a partner who brightens every one of my days. I don’t want to let one of them go to waste.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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