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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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Oct. 15, 2010 - Koala Bear

By Geff Mastro

Koala Bear, as it has so fondly come to be called, is a time-honored ritual in our house. Created by our two youngest, now 6 and 9, it signals the arrival of Daddy in the home. My daughters first jump into my arms without fear, either from the top of the stairs or by running across the room at full speed. After their full impact, I experience Koala Bear. They wrap their limbs around my body like a Koala bear on a tree, and refuse to let go. Whoever knew little kids could hold on so tightly?

So Koala Bear got me thinking. Every year, our pastor shares a Bible verse he wants to make a focus for the year. One year our church studied 2 Timothy 1:7 in depth: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”(NKJV).

It’s hard to ignore how fear and a lack of love can limit my own growth and effectiveness in so many ways. And that got me thinking and reflecting how Jesus said we need to be like little children in our faith. Koala Bear suddenly came to life and illustrated for me what it means to not have a spirit of fear.

When my children run and make their “jump of faith,” there’s no fear in them. They trust that Daddy will catch them and not let them fall. They have no problem trusting because they love Daddy and know that even when he’s upset he doesn’t want any harm to befall them. The spirit of love makes them hold on with such firmness and power and a want to not let go.

Boy, if only we as Christians could have a Koala Bear relationship with God. Let’s let go of our fear, jump into the arms of our loving Savior and hold on with all our might. What we could accomplish!

— 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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