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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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December 19, 2013 - Follow Jesus

By Kay Logsdon

There is a theme park in the Ozarks that brightens the world with a million-plus twinkling lights during the Christmas season. Beautiful displays of lights, pageantry, and all the trappings of the holiday fill Silver Dollar City and draw people from all over to enjoy the parade, the visits with Santa, and the performances.

In the midst of all the excitement stands the little Wilderness Church, an oasis of quiet contemplation at the edge of the park. It's a place for Sunday services and individual meditation, popular for weddings, and a favorite stop whenever we visit the park.

On a recent visit, we walked in and paused at the door as we saw a little boy, perhaps 5 years old, standing with his back to us. The picture window at the front of the church provided a beautiful view of Christmas lights and the hint of the wilderness literally at the edge of the church. On the window ledge in front of him was an open Bible, and he was looking down at it and apparently reading.

We slid into a pew, and listened as the little boy recited the Christmas story. It didn't take long to catch on that it was memory, not early reading ability — but the story was touchingly and believably told in a confident voice.

"And then the Baby Jesus was laid in the manger," he said.

"And then the shepherds started following Jesus," came next.

"And then the Wise Men started following Jesus," he pronounced.

"And then a whole lot of people started following Jesus!" he concluded.

Earlier that day, the staff pastor who spoke at our church had selected the topic of "wisdom for the new year." He cautioned against resolutions that would break, short-term goals that would frustrate, and goals without purpose. Instead, we needed to keep our eyes on creating a life with purpose, with value, with meaning.

And it hit me that we could do no better than to follow the lead of a child — a child who knew the story of Christmas so well he could recite it and boil it down to the essential truth: A whole lot of people started following Jesus.

The little boy turned around and saw, for the first time, the crowd who had gathered to watch his recitation. He shyly ran to his mother while we clapped. The spell was broken, but the message of Christmas remained: Jesus came to bring life. And those who recognize and follow Jesus find light and joy far beyond anything in a theme park, even one with a million Christmas lights.

The Wilderness Church has always been a favorite stop in the theme park. And from now on, I'll see the image of a little boy standing at the front of the church, his vision focused on the Bible, and his voice reminding us to live a life with purpose.

— Kay Logsdon is vice president and editor-in-chief for the Food Channel.

 

 

 

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