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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. 26, 2010 - We Fix Our Eyes on the Eternal

By Anita Neal Harrison

I wrote a church column in September 2009 for several local papers with this beginning:

“The seasons are changing, and inside my house is a season of change as well. My daughter just started kindergarten, my ‘baby’ is about to turn 2, and my husband will start a new job this week. For someone who’s never been a big fan of change, it’s all been a little overwhelming.”

I had no idea at the time just how much change I was about to face. Within a couple of weeks, my mom would enter the ICU and be diagnosed with brain cancer.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3, NIV).

Nothing has shaken my world like Mom’s cancer. I have never felt such shock and grief, and I have never been so disenchanted with life. While once I found nothing but beauty in Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” the song has taken on a bitter irony.

But I have found blessing in this poverty of spirit. It turns out being disenchanted with the world isn’t a bad thing, at least not for a Christian. Rather than leaving me with nothing but despair, that disenchantment has left me with a more compelling hope for God’s kingdom. I see more clearly the foolishness of building on life’s shifting sand and am more determined to build my hope on Christ.

I ended that church article last year with 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, an anchor in storms of change: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

— Anita Neal Harrison is a freelance writer living in Brumley, Mo.



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