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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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June 3, 2011 - Summer Fun

By Geff Mastro

Just this afternoon, we went for the first swim of the summer. In fact, it was the first swim in about two years. You see, last summer we had a problem with the pool and were never able to quite get it clean. Truth be told, we still haven’t gotten it completely clean. But it was close enough for a dip to relieve us from the heat and humidity of the hot June sun.

Now, I’m not too sure what is wrong with the pool, but I think it has something to do with the filter. That’s the mechanism that takes water from the pool and circulates it around the fins inside a big pressurized container in order to “get the junk out.”

Since it’s not been working right, my wife has encouraged me to call the pool guy. As guys understand, and as ladies need to, for a guy to have to call someone for help is seen as a sign of weakness. I mean, just because what I’m doing isn’t working and my filter isn’t getting the junk out, why do I have to call someone, right?

The Psalmist in Psalm 51:10 cries out for God to create in him “a clean heart” and “renew a steadfast spirit” from within (NIV). He recognizes his sinfulness and knows that he can’t filter out the junk on his own. Unlike myself, he isn’t afraid to call the Person who knows how to filter his life’s “water” properly.

Similarly, the leper in Matthew 8:1-4 who goes to meet Jesus sees his outward leprous condition and knows he can’t get himself clean on his own. Like all of us, he needs the transforming power of Jesus. The leper, the lowliest of the lowly, recognizes his need and Jesus’ authority and says, “Hey, You can fix me if You are willing.”

Jesus is always willing. We just have to call Him up.

— 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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