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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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June 13, 2012 - Looking for the Blessings

By Geff Mastro

Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was our first trip to the beach last year. We got up early in the morning and prepared to go. My wife had plans with a girlfriend, and our eldest daughter protested at the last moment to joining the land of the “awake,” so Daddy and three girls were off for a time of fun and adventure.

As we got to the beach, the younger two jaunted down to the water to cool their feet and build the best sand castle ever created. Not more than five minutes later, the youngest returned crying, informing me that a crab had come out of the sand and bitten her … twice! Needless to say, on our walk down the beach, she needed to be carried.

Next, we had the attack of the killer seagulls. Actually, they never really attacked. But it seemed like they were going to. So how do you get rid of a flock of angry seagulls? By throwing your ham and cheese sandwich at them of course! It wasn’t until the sandwich was thrown that we realized it wasn’t such a good idea. All of a sudden those two seagulls started multiplying quicker than my Italian relatives.

“By the way, Daddy, I’m hungry now. Can we leave so you can take me to Burger King?”

First, we left the beach and went to our resort’s indoor pool. Everything was copasetic. They swam … I read … peace. There was one minor incident where the 11-year-old was hit in the head by a ball some teenagers were throwing around, but she shook it off … or so I thought. About an hour later, on the way to Burger King (and to Dairy Queen for a blizzard for Dad), this stalwart young warrior broke down into hysterics over the incident. But after full bellies and just a few more minutes in the car, they were all asleep and I had peace the rest of the way home.

Now, I’d be remiss if I focused only on the negative aspects of this day and not on the blessings I got through it. Though I had to carry our 9-year-old after the crab bit her, I got some valuable bonding and teaching time (see Deuteronomy 6:7). Although we lost a sandwich and attracted every bird within 50 miles, the situation was a valuable time for teaching wise behavior to a young person so she could increase in her knowledge (Proverbs 1:2-4). Although she was hurt by a ball hitting her head, I had a wonderful opportunity to extend comfort and compassion to a little girl, showing Jesus’ love by defending someone who felt defenseless (Psalm 72:12,13).

If our hearts and our souls are really inclined toward the Lord, then we’ll look for the blessings in every situation. We need not complain about the twists and turns we experience, but rather, thank God for the opportunities He gives us to glorify Him through every situation.

— Geff Mastro lives in Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Burlington, N.J.



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