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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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Dec. 17, 2010 - Are We Hungry?

By Beatrice Northcutt

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6, KJV).

I learn many lessons from watching God’s little creatures, and since I have an abundance of birdhouses and feeders in my backyard I find myself fascinated by these tiny creatures. Man can’t tell them how they’re supposed to do things — or how it would be better if they did it this way — for they are governed by the Heavenly Father and are obedient to His laws.

I watched a mother sparrow spend more than an hour feeding her two babies. She gathered the food, carrying it in her beak, and flew onto the curved limb of the umbrella tree only a few feet from the nest. She talked to the little ones, but mostly she listened to see if they were awake. When she got no response she flew on top of the house and created quite a fuss for two or three minutes until they aroused and put their mouths at the opening of the house. But they weren’t awake enough, so they soon lay back down in the nest. She flew back to the tree and waited, but kept her vigil. She knew her babies weren’t alert enough and wouldn’t get the food they needed for their nourishment. She had patience to keep landing on the house and chatting until they finally were alert enough to keep their mouths at the door, eager to accept the food she provided them.

How like the Holy Spirit that little bird is! God has provided all we need for our spiritual health, and after Jesus went back to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to awaken us from sleep so He can feed us God’s Word. The Holy Spirit is so patient to knock at our heart’s door and stay near to send words of comfort or warning to awaken us enough to hear the Word He brings from our Father.

But do we allow Him to feed us, or are we stirred on a Sunday morning just enough to open our mouths then lie back in our comfortable place? That mother bird wouldn’t even attempt to feed her little ones until they exhibited hunger with great enthusiasm!

Do we have that kind of hunger for the things of God? This Scripture tells us, in our Savior’s own words, “If we hunger and thirst after righteousness, we will be filled.” Will we allow the Holy Spirit to stir and awaken us from our lethargy so we will be hungry enough to receive what God has for us?

We will only acquire that kind of hunger by reading God’s Word and spending time in prayer. If we make a feeble effort then lie down in ease, our souls will become malnourished, for it’s only when we’re truly hungry that we accept the Word and let it give us the Bread of Life.

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.



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