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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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March 18, 2011 - Comfort Foods

By Geff Mastro

Immediately following payday in our home, I am often found in search of comfort foods for my wife and our four daughters. Typically, I’m prompted by a phone call from the youngest to visit some local emporium of cheap snacks on my way home from work.

My mission is to seek out and procure delectable treats that will be soothing to the spirit and uplifting to the soul — cheese puffs, potato chips, dark chocolate and tortilla chips. Which dip do we get ... cool ranch or nacho cheese? Why both of course!

Our family needs these comfort foods for different reasons. Sometimes it’s a particularly trying time in school or at home. It may be a bad grade on a test. Perhaps it’s a problem with a friend. It’s a Monday. It’s a Tuesday. It’s a Wednesday ...

Whatever the catalyst, when Daddy/Hubby walks in with the comfort food there is a noticeable change in everyone’s appearance and disposition. No matter what the problem, something about pizza or french fries just sets a girl right.

You know, I have learned that just as comfort foods calm us and put us back in a right relationship, words can be similarly comforting. Paul talked about that phenomenon in his first letter to the Thessalonians.

He knew the power of comforting words and sent Timothy with such words to encourage the faith of the church in Thessalonica. In return, when Timothy came back and gave the report on how well the Christians in Thessalonica were enduring, he offered encouraging words from those believers. Paul was overjoyed. He noted that now he could really live. In fact, he was so uplifted he could not stop thanking God (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9). What a change in his disposition by the comforting words he was given.

Words are powerful. I can see their effect in many places in my own life. I think Paul realized we all need comforting words to help set us right, especially during times that are trying. In fact, if he were here, I think he might even argue that we need comforting words when we have a rough day at school, a problem with a friend, because it’s a Monday, a Tuesday, a Wednesday ...

Comforting words are comfort foods for the soul.

— 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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