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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 24, 2012 - In the Spotlight

By Greg Ebie

She was ushered in with her three children, followed by her extended family. She was dressed in black and too young to be a widow.

Susie and I attended the funeral of Susie's friend from work. Jeff had suffered the last two years with cancer. His battle was now over. However, the cancer had not beaten him. It may have been the cause that ended his life here on this earth, but Jeff remained steadfast with his unshakable faith in Christ. With his last breath he was promoted from earth to glory.

Some might say 35 years is too short a life. Yet Jeff made the most of the time God had given him; he knew that everyone is given only one life to live (see Hebrews 9:27). More than 500 people had gathered to pay their last respects, to honor a man who had lived so well.

I had only met Jeff a few times. The last time I saw him was at the eighth-grade graduation at the school where he and Susie worked. The cancer had taken a toll upon him. Though noticeably weak, Jeff did his job. He didn't want special treatment just because he was sick.

Like Susie, many others from the school had come to the funeral. Many people stood to give their tribute to Jeff. Family, friends, former students and even his two former bosses all shared how Jeff had impacted their lives. He was "a man of faith," "a gentle giant," "a man of integrity." His life had touched so many in such a short time. Sitting there, my eyes filled with tears several times as I heard stories of his life.

Yet one moment stood out among them all in my mind. One moment that filled my heart with emotion. After all the tributes had been given, a song was played; it was as though Jeff — who loved to sing — sang this song for us all from the balcony of heaven.

The simplest of all love songs,

I want to sing to You

So I'll let my words be few,

Jesus I am so in love with you

So I'll stand in awe of You, Jesus

Yes, I'll stand in awe of you.

So I'll let my words be few,

Jesus I am so in love with you.

The spotlight had never really been on Jeff, and in that moment I knew whom we had really come to honor. It was Jesus who made the difference in Jeff's life.

When I think about my life and the legacy I will leave behind, I want to be remembered as a man who stands in awe of the Savior I love. Let my words be few; yes, Jesus, I love You.

"Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love" (Ephesians 6:24, NIV).

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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