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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. 23, 2010 - The Get-Well Card

By Bob Caldwell

I remember a number of years ago when Tina and I visited a fairly large church on Sunday morning. The Sunday School class into which Tina and I wandered had about 20 people this particular morning. Although it was obvious that we were not regulars and were probably visiting the church, at no time did anyone greet us or make any attempt to find out anything about us.

That happens at a lot of churches and might have been the end of it — except for the card. One of the class regulars was sick and in the hospital. After a few moments of sharing this person’s condition, they passed a get-well card around for the class to sign. Rather than skipping us, even though we were obviously visitors, when the card came around it was handed to me.

I assume that most people would pass the card to the next person under those circumstances. After all, you’re a stranger to the hospital-bound member. But Tina and I signed it.

I wonder what the recipient of the card thought when he saw our names. Was he puzzled? Did he think that maybe this was a new couple he had seen but not yet learned their names? Even worse, is it possible that the relationships in that class were so lacking that he didn't realize that a stranger signed it?

My point is not to criticize that church or particular class. The same thing could have happened in other places in which I have ministered. I just think of the words of the apostle Paul.

“But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corinthians 12:24-26, NIV).

To do so we must really know those around us. Then we will know what their needs are and how we can minister to them.

— Bob Caldwell is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.



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