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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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August 8, 2013 - Lesson From a Lilac Bush

By Audrey Clay

An old lilac bush growing at the back of my yard had not bloomed for several years. The bush was spreading into my neighbors' fence, and they were not happy about it. I determined to dig up the bush and get it out of my yard.

I huffed, puffed, chopped, hacked, sweated, dug, sawed, and did everything I could do, but I made little progress. I discovered the trunk had grown up and through an old piece of rusty fence buried in the ground.

By this time, I decided I needed an ax to chop through the trunk and remove the old rusty fence. I called a friend from church and asked if he had an ax I could borrow. He did more than lend me the ax; the man, along with his wife and daughter, came over with the proper tools and did the job for me. In two hours the rusty fence and lilac bush were history.

I began to think about that lilac bush, which had produced beautiful fragrant blossoms for many years. I never could figure out why it had not blossomed in those last few years. Now I knew that old rusty fence had literally choked the life out of the bush.

With the Lord's help, I will not allow the rusty fences of unforgiveness, bitterness, busyness with my own schedule, and thoughts about my own desires wrap around my heart and keep me from blooming and being the fragrance of God in my world.

"See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many" (Hebrews 12:15, NIV).

— Adapted from Audrey's Letters: Insights for the Journey of Life, by Audrey Clay. Used with permission.



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