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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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November 14, 2011 - Tiny Invader

By Scott Harrup

While mowing the lawn, I had seen a furry little blur bolting along the edge of the house. Our neighborhood is built on former pasture, so a sizeable population of field mice continues to coexist among the concrete-and-brick structures invading their habitat.

The tiny rodent fleeing my mower must have sought refuge in our garage. On a recent Sunday afternoon, in the middle of a cherished after-worship-service nap, I was awakened by Jodie’s urgent announcement of a home invasion. When she opened the hall door to the garage, she said, a mouse sprinted inside and down the stairs into the basement.

I went shopping for mousetraps. I settled on glue traps as the safest option for our dog and cat. Four little boxes of baited adhesive now lurk downstairs in the storm shelter, under the couch and love seat in the TV room, and between a couple of boxes of books I need to reshelve.

But here’s the interesting twist. The family is suddenly anxious for that mouse’s welfare.

“What are you going to do to the mouse when it’s caught?” Lindsay asked.

In reply to my silence, she followed up with, “Is there any way you can let the mouse go after it’s caught?”

I pointed out that pulling the mouse off the glue would probably break its legs.

This led to, “How about if you cut away the glue box and leave the little cardboard pieces glued to its feet?”

I laughed and really didn’t have the heart to keep arguing.

I have yet to catch the mouse, so its demise is purely theoretical at this point. But that “cute” little invader could stand in for some of the life issues many of us face. When it comes to dealing with sin, the Bible describes the remedy in terms of life and death. Holding onto sin can forfeit eternal life. The only remedy for any expression of evil is to eradicate it.

But some sins seem “cuter” than others. They appeal to our senses, offer momentary pleasure, and possess an immediate allure that disguises long-term consequences.

Rodents of the soul need more than a glue trap. They need divine intervention.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24, NIV).

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

 

 

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