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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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May 13, 2013 - A Helper's Heart

By William E. Richardson

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all" (Galatians 6:10, NKJV).

On the third Monday of April, Patriots' Day is celebrated in Massachusetts and a couple of other states. The special day honors heroes, gallant individuals who, at the start of the Revolutionary War, rose to the occasion. Since 1897, Boston has recalled the initial skirmish of Minutemen and British solders by hosting a marathon. This year, when the Boston Marathon turned tragic, new heroes rose to the occasion.

As always, television quickly reported the event — bombs exploding at the finish line, death, terrorism. Social media buzzed with disturbing as well as encouraging thoughts. One quote seemed to dominate on Twitter and Facebook and in emails.

They were words from the late Fred Rogers. Words of advice his mother gave him as a child when he experienced frightening news: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." Like Patriots' Day itself, the phrase raised our thoughts above the problem to see heroes.

Jesus calls His followers to do more than acknowledge the helpers. He calls us to look for ways to be the helpers. In Jesus' famous story, the man we call the Good Samaritan saw the need, was able to help, and did. Jesus concluded with the words, "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37).

Sometimes, the most we can do is pray. In those times of need, prayer is essential. Our prayers enable others to give hands-on assistance. Focused prayer makes us part of the team of helpers.

At other times, we're more like the Samaritan. We can lend a shoulder. We can offer aid. We can provide transportation. Perhaps money out of our own pocket will help.

We never know when we'll be needed. We can, however, remain in an attitude of readiness. In our hearts, we can echo the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Here am I! send me" (Isaiah 6:8).

Many times, those the world calls heroes are simply Christians living out their faith. Others see a problem; we see an opportunity. Others show concern; we show Jesus.

This week, opportunities will present themselves. Are you ready to see and respond? Will you show the heart of a spiritual Minuteman?

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




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