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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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Feb. 1, 2011 - Lemonade

By Scott Harrup

My daughter and I share an interest in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Besides the books, Lindsay and I have enjoyed various film adaptations and the background documentaries included with several DVDs.

Backstory information on Lewis and Tolkien gives attention to their enlistments during World War I. Tolkien reflected on his wartime experiences later, saying: “One has indeed personally to come under the shadow of war to feel fully its oppression. ... By 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.” Lewis made a pact with a friend, Paddy Moore, that if either of them died the other would care for their family. When Paddy was killed, Lewis honored the pact and cared for Moore’s mother until she was hospitalized in the 1940s.

It encourages me that Lewis and Tolkien managed to produce such luminous bodies of literature after their time in Europe’s trenches. To the benefit of millions of readers, they turned their own pain into reservoirs of wisdom and life-affirming creativity.

An old saying advises, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” Romans 8:28 says, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (NIV). This reminds us, in effect, that God is in the “lemonade business” when it comes to the hard times we face. If you feel your soul puckering in response to some sour circumstance, take heart. God promises a bright tomorrow for everyone who will trust Him with their pain today.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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