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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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Nov. 5, 2010 - Meeting Practical Needs

By Geff Mastro

Today I am home from work with our sick child. Every parent knows what it’s like to care for an ill son or daughter. You wake up to the hacking, coughing and crying of little lips. Sometimes you roll over in bed in shock, surprised by the sight of two bright and beady eyes staring at you in the middle of a darkened room, followed by, “Oh, I was just waiting for you to wake up. I feel like throwing up.” Nothing works faster than that to wake a parent from a dead sleep.

So here I am, doing more laundry (somewhat to my wife’s panic), making my daughter eggs for breakfast and administering medication. I feel like I should have a white hat with a big red cross on it.

Now, truth be told, I would rather be at work today. Don’t get me wrong; I love our children. But I had quite a bit to do, and I was tired out by all of this. However, I wanted to be fair to my wife, who usually stays home with the children when they are sick. I decided to put actions behind the words of love I always preach and filled a practical need by caring for our daughter.

While I was ironing, I started to think about Jesus when He fed the 5,000. He had some things on His mind and went to a quite place to be alone. But a large crowd followed Him. When He looked upon the people and saw their need, the Bible says that He felt compassion and healed their sick until evening. Even though He was probably tired and may have wanted to do other things (such as retreating to be alone like He started out doing), He took the time to continue to fill practical needs, including feeding a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

As I reflected upon this, I was reminded that sometimes I will be tired, want to be alone, or have other things on my mind than caring for people. Sometimes it will be extremely inconvenient. But at just such a time, God may put people in my path who have needs He knows I can meet — even our own children. I also realize that even though I may think I’m teaching them all kinds of spiritual truths verbally, if I don’t take the time to fill practical needs, then my words are worthless.

— 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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