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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 7, 2014 - Color Me Stressed

By Scott Harrup

If you're old enough to remember the 1970s, you probably remember mood rings. If you missed the '70s entirely, or have never heard of mood rings, they were cheap costume jewelry that combined a layer of thermochromic liquid crystal with a quartz or glass fake gemstone. The liquid crystal changed color with changes in temperature, and that color showed through the stone.

Manufacturers claimed a person's mood influences body temperature and, thus, the color of the ring when worn. Looking at your mood ring, you supposedly could tell if you were stressed or happy or sad based on the ring's hue of the hour. Never mind that air conditioning or a move from shade into bright sunlight creates much greater temperature shifts than the human body can exhibit.

It doesn't take a ring to tell me if I'm stressed or happy or sad. Most of my internal organs seem to conspire in response to life's crises or serendipities, either wrecking my digestion or making me feel as if I could run a 4-minute mile. Should I try to disguise my mood, Jodie has done a remarkable job during nearly 28 years of marriage of tearing through my facade and insisting on emotional honesty.

Mood rings came to (my random) mind when I saw a tech article online today about a new color-changing film designed to reveal mechanical stress.

According to's Ben Coxworth, scientists at the University of California, Riverside, "have created a film that changes color when subjected to pressure, making it easier to see where objects coated with the film may need reinforcement. ... When little or no pressure is applied to the film, the closely spaced particles reflect light in a blue color. As pressure is applied and the film stretches, however, the spaces between the particles become larger. This causes them to gradually change in color, until they appear completely red."

It's one thing to identify mechanical stresses and remedy them with structural support. Human emotional stresses are less tangible. Beyond their physiological manifestations, human stresses connect with our spiritual identity, the greatest intangible of all.

I'm grateful for God's personal interest in my deepest emotional needs. That divine compassion comes through in the heartfelt pleas of various biblical figures.

"I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:15, NKJV).

"From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psalm 61:2).

"Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights" (Psalm 119:143).

"Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!" (Jeremiah 9:1).

And God's response?

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God" (Isaiah 43:1-3).

What color would your mood ring be right now if you were wearing one? More importantly, to whom will you turn to find solutions to today's challenges? If you make the right choice, I can promise you will make it through your day and be able to confidently face tomorrow.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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