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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. ...

A Day at a Time: Comfort

By Scott Harrup
Aug. 15, 2010

As Thomas and Becky Crisp of Alexandria, Va., awaited the arrival of their third child in 1965, they had no idea how completely their lives were about to change. There were no monitors to warn when Kevin’s umbilical cord became entangled. A lack of oxygen during his birth resulted in lifelong cerebral palsy.

The Crisps raised their two daughters and young Kevin in church. Kevin’s two-word vocabulary never encompassed deep theology, but he exuded a love for Christ.

“His hero was the Good Samaritan,” Becky remembers. “He wanted to be the one to do something for others.”

On the surface, there was little that Kevin could do. Eventually, his two words (“Momma” and “ice cream”) disappeared. He lost his ability to swallow. Surgery to emplace a feeding tube led to complications and infection. Kevin died on April 18 at 45.

Becky had already lost Thomas. As a widow in her early 70s, she had continued to care for her son. His loss compounded the sorrow of her husband’s passing. But she didn’t let her sorrow defeat her, and she found a way to ensure Kevin’s Good Samaritan aspirations could be fulfilled. She contacted her church and asked them to locate a family who needed her van with the wheelchair lift. She simply signed “gift” on the title.

I’ve been driving our son Connor to his therapy sessions for his cerebral palsy and to church in that van. Sometimes during those drives, the words of the apostle Paul come to mind: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4, NIV).

The Crisp family is just one example of that truth put into action. You and I have the privilege of finding new avenues to bring those verses to life each day.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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