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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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January 24, 2012 - God Runs

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Did you know that God runs?

One day, an unkempt drifter blistered by the sun, barefoot and bloody staggered into the town center. His father, the CEO of a successful company, recognized the beggar, got up from his desk and took off running toward his son. As he ran, the father’s expensive shoes kicked up dust onto his designer suit.

The father’s assistants gazed at the scene from the windows of their posh offices and sighed.

“The old man’s lost his mind,” one said.

“He’s a fool for that no-good kid of his,” said another.

The father opened his arms and embraced his rebellious son.

“At last you’ve come home,” he wept on his shoulder.

Before the son could say he was sorry, the father forgave him for squandering his money and living like an idiot. He forgot the hurtful words the son had hurled at him years before when he left home for a better life, words cruel enough to break any parent’s heart: “I wish you were dead.”

An assortment of losers, thieves, lowlives, dummies and rebels (just like us) wanted to know what God was like. To answer their curiosity, Jesus told them the story of the loving father. They understood that they were represented in the rebellious son. For the first time they realized the greatness of the Father’s love for sinners.

God loves to the point of foolishness. Long after everyone else has given up hope, He watches for His child to return.

He loves us before we are able to love Him.

Look up, God is running toward you.

“God is love” (1 John 4:16, NIV).

(P.S. - This is my rendition of the story Jesus told. Read His in Luke 15.)

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

 

 

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