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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 10, 2011 - Nourish Your Soul

By Dorothy Rugg

Winter seemed to hang around far too long for me this year. Living in Northeast Pennsylvania, the weather remained unusually cold for so long; the snow wanted to keep hanging around, and it just seemed to be “winter” even as the calendar slipped into spring. Sitting at my desk and looking out at the dreariness, at times I thought my soul was a little too “cold” lately.

It wasn’t due only to the weather. After two years of battling colon cancer, my sister Karen went home to be with the Lord on February 27. I am so thankful I got to be with her the last two weeks of her life, but honestly, two weeks was still not long enough on this side of heaven. We spent time praying and singing together, holding each other’s hands and saying “I love you” lots, but still, I miss her.

And that’s where my soul has gotten a little like “winter.” But then once again, I’ve been drawn back to the Word. I love the Word because it comforts me, gives me hope, teaches me, and it is life to my soul. Isaiah 40:8 tells us, “the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (NKJV).

When I spend time nourishing my soul in the Word, in prayer, and in sitting at the Master’s feet, my soul is renewed. I don’t understand all the “whys” of life — why both of my sisters had to die at such an early age, why sickness has to come, why people get mad at you and leave you, why people don’t surrender their lives to the Lord, and the list of “whys” can go on and on. I know that as I trust the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding and in all my ways acknowledge Him, He will direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5,6).

When I once again offer myself up to the Lord as a living sacrifice, as Romans 12:1 encourages us to do, when I ask God to search me and know me as the Psalmist did (Psalm 139:23), then the coldness of my heart does vanish. I gain a new perspective when I remember that God will never leave me nor forsake me. I don’t need to grieve like the rest of the world that has no hope because I have hope knowing one day I will be reunited with my Savior and my sisters. My soul feels renewed and nourished once again.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.



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