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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 18, 2012 - Meteor Shower

By William E. Richardson

"Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:14,15, NKJV).

The summer Perseid meteor shower ranks as one of the biggest and brightest of the annual night sky displays. I set my alarm this year after sleeping through the last few Perseid showers. I spent an hour scanning the sky. While counting the streaks of light, I saw something more.

I recognized the strong comparisons between a meteor shower and Christianity. Here are some examples.

A meteor is a particle left over from a comet. When that particle passes through the earth's atmosphere, the object, most often the size of a tiny grain of sand, represents the comet's presence that remains in our world. Likewise, the light from a Christian's life always represents Jesus, who has for now returned to heaven (Acts 1:10-11).

The name for the spot from which the meteors of any shower appear to emanate is the radiant. The Perseid shower looks like it shoots out from the constellation Perseus. Jesus' followers worship in different locations, but He's our radiant.

Meteors aren't all equal. Some are brighter, some are fainter. Some appear as long streaks of light, while others are shorter and less bright. Also in Christianity, it's not the magnitude of the light that matters. Each of us has specific characteristics and gifts.

For every Christian singer or author we applaud, there are millions of Christians who quietly work distributing food or clothing, silently praying for peoples' needs, or living out their devotion with less visible acts of faith.

The combined streaks of spiritual light coming from all Christians on any given day is the Jesus meteor shower. We're always on display, shining as lights in the night.

To help you shine today, keep some things in mind. People everywhere are watching the "meteor shower" to which you belong. Jesus expects you to be all you can be for Him, but to be only who you are.

One final thought. Comets, the sources of meteor showers, have a way of returning to the solar system. Any day now, our Source may reappear in the sky. What a day that will be!

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.com.

 

 

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