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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 1, 2014 - Provision in Pain

By Sharon Griesbach

"When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home" (John 19:26,27, KJV).

Jesus had been whipped and beaten. His beard was pulled out, and He was hanging on a cross with nails in His hands and feet. He was about to complete His work here on Earth, paying the price for humanity's sin and making possible anyone's salvation. Jesus would soon be done with His earthly life, fulfilling all He was sent to do.

Yet, just moments before Jesus gave up His spirit and said, "It is finished," He stopped.

In His agony, Jesus looked down from the cross and saw His mother standing near the cross. Mary's heart was being torn. Evidently, Joseph had died, and the job for providing for the mother would have fallen on the eldest son. But, of course, that now was impossible.

Jesus looked beyond everything He was going through at that moment and, with great love and sympathy, reached out and spoke to the disciple whom He loved. In essence, He said to John, "Here is My mother, take care of her as if she were your own."

It is amazing to think how, even at such a time of great pain, Jesus saw the need of another. He reached out and made provision for that person. Who could do such a thing?

When we are dealing with our own wounds and pain, we very naturally believe we are suffering more than anyone else at that moment. It requires the love of Christ to see the pain of another, and then reach out and meet that need. When Jesus was hanging on that cruel cross, He thought of someone else rather than himself.

In reality, that kind of selfless love was the very reason Jesus went to the cross; His sacrifice was for all of us. Yet, in the midst of carrying out the supreme selfless act for others, Jesus stopped and focused on one person's great need. Oh, to be like Jesus, and be willing to minister in the midst of pain, to think of another even in the middle of our own trial.

Jesus' work is now completed, and He is seated at the right side of His Father in heaven interceding for you and me. Even now Jesus continues to see your need. He is fully able to meet your need. If Jesus could think of another when He was in the middle of His greatest ordeal, you have no need to doubt — He is able to make provision for you.

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee" (Isaiah 41:13).

— Sharon Griesbach lives in Creal Springs, Ill.

 

 

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