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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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Sept. 7, 2010 - Clean Oatmeal Bowls

By Audrey Clay

Every morning I eat oatmeal. I put the water and oatmeal in a special bowl and cook it in the microwave. During a visit from my sister and her husband, my sister would thoughtfully wash the bowl and put it back in the cupboard. After she and her husband left, I was getting out my oatmeal bowl for my morning ritual when the thought struck me: Who was going to wash my oatmeal bowl?

Sometimes we don’t notice the extra blessings until they are not there. My mind went to Jesus and how much He loves us and wants to bless us. It is easy to see His hand at work when the big things occur. As I looked at my oatmeal bowl, He spoke to my heart about how important it is for us to see Him in the many little things that He does for us. Sometimes I lose sight of the “clean oatmeal bowl” blessings He provides on a daily basis.

Maybe you are wondering just what a “clean oatmeal bowl” blessing is. How about the air that you breathe, the home in which you live, a comfortable bed at night, or protection as you drive to work? Christ’s presence is with us 24 hours a day, and that alone is a constant blessing.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

I know my sister loves me, and she shows it in many ways. One small way is by having my oatmeal bowl clean and ready for use each day. I know she loves me for many reasons, but the biggest reason is that we are sisters, we are family.

Jesus loves us because we are His family. He loves doing things for us. He wants us to be aware of His presence in our everyday living.

— Adapted from Audrey’s Letters: Insights for the Journey of Life, by Audrey Clay. Used with permission.



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