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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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October 9, 2012 - Make the Time

By Geff Mastro

As the summer ground to a halt and another school year loomed on the horizon, our second-eldest daughter needed to get a few things before school started up again. You know … the important staples like a bracelet and shoes. Actually, the trip was to get school shoes like I had done for the others recently. It just expanded rapidly. Kind of like the milk and eggs you run out to get at night that expands to a $50 “emergency” grocery bill or the laundry that starts with just one towel and explodes on the bathroom floor.

We had a good time at the mall, though my feet hurt from all of the walking back and forth. You see, we couldn’t buy the shoes at the first store we saw that had a price Daddy liked. We had to make sure we checked out all of the stores, which were conveniently scattered from one end of the mall to the other.

I tried to do the dad thing: “I’ll get my coffee and sit outside; you just call me when you’re ready to pay.” Truth be told, I was tired and wanted to take my traditional Sunday afternoon nap. But this didn’t work. “No, Daddy, walk with me … I need you.”

Now for a little backstory. The truth was, the shopping trip overlapped that part of my weekend when I crave a nap. Life is just too crazy the rest of the week. My hours in my easy chair are gold.

I don’t know how long my daughter will “need” me, so I’m glad I broke with my tradition and spent the time walking with my daughter and building that relationship the same way Jesus seems to walk tirelessly with me, patiently tolerating my wandering to and fro, just content to build that relationship with me.

And following Jesus in my relationships goes beyond how I relate to my daughter.

Will I spend time with that hurting person who has no one? Or what about that homeless person who comes to church faithfully … but only if someone picks him up?

Being Jesus to the world involves things that are uncomfortable and sometimes upset our routines. But the rewards? As that well-known ad campaign says … priceless.

— 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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