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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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July 13, 2010 - Password Fatigue

By Lydia Pate

I stared at the words on my computer screen at work: “invalid password.” I typed in another set of characters and held my breath. The same message mocked me. Three strikes and the system had locked me out. It was time to call the help desk.

I must confess that I'm suffering from a syndrome I’ve termed “password fatigue” — a condition associated with the use of multiple passwords: those to obtain my e-mails, check my phone messages, withdraw cash from the ATM machine, retrieve my bank account records, set my home’s security system ... the list goes on.

A voice snapped me back to reality. Identifying myself to the help desk attendant, I described the problem. The restraint in the operator’s voice was evident. I cringed, reliving my recent call concerning the same situation. She gave me a default code for logging into the system and advised me to change it to something I could remember. I thanked her and heaved a sigh of relief. I was back in business.

In contrast to my struggles, there is one access that is available to me all of the time. In fact, it offers truly universal accessibility. The words of Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) extend an invitation: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

With assurance, I can enter God’s presence to obtain mercy and grace for my needs. No security clearance is necessary. There’s no need to dial a help desk. No pesky security question. Only sin can exclude me. But even then, God extends His hand in forgiveness. Once I accept by faith Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and acknowledge Him as my Savior and Lord, I am covered by the blood of the Lamb. I am a child of God.

He knows who I am. He knows my name. And He never forgets it!

— Lydia Pate is a freelance writer and attends The Bridge Assembly of God in Mustang, Okla.



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