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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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November 9, 2012 - The Reprise

By Geff Mastro

I have come to love Pandora radio. First of all, it's free. Second, on demand I can play virtually any type of music I desire. I can play gospel when I feel like praising God, classical in the office when I'm working, light jazz when I feel like relaxing and meditating on something, and Frank Sinatra when … well … when I think I can sing along just like Frank Sinatra.

I was working around the house and had on a Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir song entitled "I Can Go to God in Prayer," which is what I was doing. I love big choir music. It's bold, powerful, and often has a reprise that allows you to keep singing even after you've reached the climax of the song and think it's over. I kept listening to the reprise of that song with the words "He can work it out," when it hit me why there is a reprise.

A reprise is literally a repetition or return of the opening material. In Scripture, it's God saying "I'm telling you again what I said in the beginning so you don't forget!" The Bible is full of multiple reprises. Why? Because we as people tend to forget, God often has to remind us what He's done, what He's capable of doing, and what He's promised to those of us who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9,10) so we don't get off track.

If God worked a situation out for you once, He can do it again. I know that's easy to say and a lot harder to believe when you're in the middle of a trial. I've personally been guilty of going through a Red Sea deliverance, forgetting about what God did, and then hyper-focusing on not having any meat to eat (Exodus 16:1-3).

I believe God understands our tendency to forget, and He purposely builds reprises into our lives to remind us of His great power and love for us so we don't get discouraged when we're in the valleys of life. If you've forgotten what God has done for you formerly and the happenings of the day are blocking you from seeing the whole picture, maybe it's time to "go to God in prayer," and ask Him to give you a reprise to remind you "He can work it out."

— 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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