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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 13, 2013 - Listening Prayer

By Rose McCormick Brandon

The pause is not only important in conversation but in prayer.

Jesus taught the spare use of words: "When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words" (Matthew 6:7, NIV).

When we focus less on what we want to say, we can focus more on hearing from God. We can find the heart-to-heart relationship we crave with God if we intentionally listen. Andrew Murray, who wrote much on prayer, admits it may be difficult to learn quietness but writes, "The little season will bring a peace and a rest that give blessing not only in prayer but all the day."

Holy moments often occur in stillness. Don, an anonymous contributor to Philip Yancey’s book Prayer, tells of a visit to a dying friend in the hospital. After Don and the friend took Communion together, the sick man told Don an angel had visited his bedside the previous day with this message — "You will soon be going to heaven."

Both men felt enveloped in a holy moment that demanded silence. After several minutes, Don spoke in tongues for the first time, an experience he described as profound.

Good things happen during periodic pauses, with God and with people.

— Rose McCormick Brandon and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario. She is the author of One Good Word Makes all the Difference.




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