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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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September 29, 2011 - Prayer Changes Things … but not Everything

By Rose McCormick Brandon

In my second pregnancy, I prayed that I wouldn’t be overdue. During the 10 overdue days before my first child was born, I’d become cranky, cumbersome and frustrated.

So sure God agreed with my request and bursting with faith, I told my friends that definitely, absolutely this baby would be born on or before his due date. The due date neared, Mum came to stay with Melody while I was in hospital. (In those days mothers stayed in hospital for six days, and it was better for both Mum and baby, in my opinion.)

The due date passed. Mum had to leave. I became cranky, cumbersome and frustrated. One afternoon while Melody napped, I threw myself on the bed (as much as a nine-and-a-half-month pregnant woman can throw herself on a bed) and cried a prayer that went something like this, “Lord, I can’t believe You haven’t answered my prayer.”

An unmistakable inside-my-heart voice answered, “… a time to be born.”

These few words let me know that no matter how much I prayed, cried and stomped my feet in a tantrum, God had a plan bigger than mine, and it included a specific date for my child’s birth.

Prayer is a powerful instrument. It does change things … but not everything.

The little phrase, a time to be born, comes from a poetic passage in Solomon’s Book of Ecclesiastes (3:2). He lists other realities of life. For example, there’s a time to plant and a time to reap.

Eugene Peterson comments on this passage: “There are realities of life that God puts together in His time, not ours.” He gives us grace to accept the situations He refuses to change.

I got up from my bed of weeping with a new spring in my step. Ten days past his due date, my son Carson entered the world. The lesson I learned while waiting for him has stayed with me — it’s right to pray about everything but wrong to insist that God work on our schedules.

— Rose McCormick Brandon and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario, Canada.



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