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    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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Jan. 11, 2011 - With the Help of Christ

By Verinda M. Birdsong

A week and a half ago I followed the tradition of my forefathers to “watch the night” of the ending year transition to a new year. In African-American churches, a “Watch Night service” is also a commemoration of that joyful New Year’s Eve when American slaves anticipated the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.

Watch Night services can take many forms. Some churches have their congregants praying on their knees as the clock strikes 12. Others light up the evening with music, waving colored flags, cheering and giving thanks to God for all He has done for us individually and corporately.

Our pastor preached on trusting God more, resolving to walk by faith and not fear, taking faith risks, and “becoming a better you” by realizing you can’t do any of this without the help of Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:13). Without Christ, a better you is only a “reinvented you” and not a transformed you.

As I looked over the gathered, joyful crowd, I wondered how well the pastor’s message was sinking in. Could our service become just another “party” to bring in the new year? I pondered how well this message might take a hold in my own life in the daily challenges of 2011.

Have you invited Christ to be your Savior and help you make the most out of your life? This would be the perfect day to allow Him to change your life and make 2011 the best year it can be.

— Verinda Birdsong lives in the Baltimore, Md., area, loves the Lord and worships at the Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ, Baltimore.

 

 

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