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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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April 18, 2012 - Like a Tree Planted

By Ruth Herr Pawelski

My nurseryman father often explained to his customers the way to care for a new tree. “After the tree is planted, you will have enough dirt left over to make a little basin around the base of the evergreen,” he would say. “This will help to hold the water; and you should soak the plant thoroughly and regularly. The rains go into the ground only a few inches, but by putting a hose to the little basin you can let the water run until the roots of the tree are completely soaked.”

What would have happened to the little plant if the proud new owner had carried it home, planted it, and promptly forgotten it? The chances are that after a day or two the foliage would have begun to droop a little on the ends, and after a couple of weeks even a casual passerby would notice that the whole plant was wilting. Continued lack of moisture would eventually have killed the tree completely. And what would the nurseryman think if the same customer came back year after year with the confession, “I need a new tree. The one I bought last year died. You see, most of the time I forgot to water it, and the rest of the time I was just too busy.”

Young Christians are often advised to set aside a regular time for daily devotions. Going to church and prayer meeting, they are told, is important, but Christians also need that deep-down vital contact with God that comes from daily communion with Him.

And how often have you heard the confession, “At first I got too busy to read the Bible, and I could tell that my Christian life was suffering. Then I forgot to pray regularly. Gradually I skipped my devotions more often, until eventually my Christian life had died completely.”

Just as a plant needs water regularly, so our souls need to contact God regularly, for without water for the evergreen and divine contact for the soul, both will droop, then wither, then die.

— Adapted from “Like a Tree Planted,” by Ruth Herr Pawelski, reprinted from the Evangelical Visitor in the January 10, 1960, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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