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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 27, 2012 - Thanksgiving's Legacy

By Dorothy Rugg

November is nearly over, and we have just celebrated another Thanksgiving. I'm amazed again just how fast the year has gone by.

I know we set aside a day to celebrate Thanksgiving, but the special day is always a reminder to me of my need to be thankful all the time. The older I get, the faster life goes, and the older I get I see how fast things are changing in the world I live in.

This world is not my home, and one day Jesus will take me home. But while I have life and while I have breath, I need to maintain a thankful heart, a thankful spirit.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV).

You might be saying, "How can I rejoice always, and how can I give thanks in everything, when my life is falling apart?"

God does not expect us to be blind to our pain, to call tragedy good, or to rejoice because something bad happens. But no matter what we face, we can rejoice in God himself. We find joy in God and His love for us, in God’s grace and mercy He bestows on us, that He wants to have a relationship with us through His Son Jesus.

In thanking God for these rich blessings and resting in His love, we can rejoice during sickness or pain. In my darkest moments, I'm thankful I have a God who will never leave me nor forsake me, who speaks peace in the storms in my life, whose Holy Spirit lives inside of me and helps me through each day.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I encourage you to get into God’s Word, spend time in God’s presence and ask God to renew your heart with gratitude. That's a combination that is more than equal to every challenge you are facing today.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.

 

 

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