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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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July 5, 2012 - Loose Ends

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Readers and moviegoers like conclusive endings. The enemy gets shot. The central character lives happily ever after. The strings of the plot all tie together in the end. The reader closes the book and the viewer watches the ending credits with a happy sigh. Their beloved character is avenged and safe.

In real life, loose ends abound. Prisoners falsely accused languish in prison. Justice systems set the guilty free. Dictators flourish. Innocence is quashed. We long for God to swoop in and neatly ties history’s loose ends together — in our time. Sometimes He does with our life circumstances. But, more often than not, we have to live with our own loose ends, and we see continued crisis around us.

Eugene Peterson writes, “It takes maturity to live with the loose-endedness of life. But if we refuse to live with it, we exclude something that may very well be essential and dear: the hazards of faith, the mysteries of God.”

Scriptures teaches us to commit our way, our stories, our lives, to God. That means leaving the dangling strings tied to His fingers. Completion is a God word. Only He can provide it.

 “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5, Amplified Bible).

What strings dangle in your life? Are you obsessed with a neat and predictable ending to your troubles? Today, tie your loose ends around God’s fingers, allow Him to tie them together or leave them dangling until His appointed moment of resolution.

A prayer of response: “Lord, how badly I need You to make me content with the unfinished business of my life. Today, I tie the loose ends of my life around Your creative fingers. Do what pleases You. In the interim, I remain Your humble servant.”

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

 

 

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