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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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June 2, 2010 - Holding the Bag

By Geff Mastro

Raking leaves. An interesting ritual. Everyone does it, but I often wonder whether it does any good. After you place them into the pile at the edge of the curb, the wind blows half of them back anyway. Even if you get the entire yard cleaned and the big vacuum machine, as we call it, comes and “sucks them away,” somehow there seem to be just as many leaves the day after. My father has almost an acre of land that I’ve helped him rake many times. Yet when we go back on the following weekend it’s hard to tell anyone was even there.

So there we were, our two youngest girls and I, raking leaves on a cool spring evening. Why in the spring? Because I never did it in the fall like I was supposed to. I’d like to say this was due to my being too busy spending quality time with my family, though more than likely it was because I procrastinated.

The youngest was riding her Big Wheel up and down the street while Daddy raked leaves and odd garbage items into the trash. Meanwhile, the third-born made a nice pile that she could jump into. The trashcan filled up quickly, so I went and got a few bags to load up.

“Emma, come on over and help me by holding the bag” I called.

She protested gently, saying, “Daddy, I want to do something big.”

I calmly and coolly responded, “Sweetheart, sometimes it’s the little things in life that are the most important.”

My mind contemplated those words as we finished our work. Many of us want to do big things like make big money, have a big ministry, or live in a big house. But truly, the little things to us are often what God considers important. In fact, one of the evidences that differentiates those who get into heaven from those who don’t is how they handle the “little” things like feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and caring for the sick.

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40, NIV).

I pray that when I stand before Him, He says to me, “Good job holding that bag for your Father!”

— 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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