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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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December 13, 2011 - The Perfect Gift

By Lydia Pate

 To what lengths would you go to find the perfect gift?

One year, on Christmas Eve, I ventured out to the local mall. My presents were under the tree, but one package continued to bug me. I just had to exchange it. When the mall doors closed two hours later, after a shopping frenzy, I retreated to my car with another purchase in hand and faced a nightmare. For almost an hour, I inched my way through bumper-to-bumper traffic in the parking lot, trying to reach the nearest street. Never again, I vowed.

In the Christmas story recounted in the second chapter of Matthew, the three Wise Men embarked on a journey to find the Christ child. Captivated by a star in the east, they left their country and traveled to Jerusalem. There they caught the attention of everyone — including King Herod — with their question: “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1,2, KJV).

If I had been in their shoes and tasked with the same mission, the outcome might have been different. Stressed by preparations for the trip — decisions about a gift, no nearby 24-hour supercenter, efforts to get the camels road-ready, and with only a star as my GPS — I might never have reached my destination.

But undeterred by the evil intentions of King Herod, the trio pressed on, following the star until eventually it came to rest over the location of the Baby. Finding Him in a humble manger, the Wise Men fell down and worshipped Him, and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold spoke of royalty and Jesus’ kingship; the frankincense, of incense and worship; and lastly, the myrrh — commonly used as an embalming ointment in Jesus’ day — of bitterness and suffering, and ultimately, a foreshadowing of His death.

If I had knelt before the King of kings, what would I have offered Him? Perhaps a family heirloom? A rare coin or a classic book? My savings account? All pale in light of God’s gift to the world — His only Son, Jesus.

With His sacrifice, God set the bar when it comes to gift giving. He freely surrendered His all for us. Can we do any less? I’ve come to realize that my quest for the perfect gift will never be attained, for God desires more than gifts and sacrifices. He seeks each of our hearts.

So today, stripped of the glitz and baubles, I kneel and renew my devotion to my Lord and Savior. Freed of the wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, I place before Him my gift — my life.

What, dear friend, will you give Him this Christmas?

— Lydia Pate is a freelance writer and attends The Bridge Assembly of God in Mustang, Okla.



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