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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. ...

Editorial: A Priceless Gift

By Ron Kopczick
Jan. 26, 2014

Like many families, we didn’t have much when I was growing up. My father was a small-town police officer who often worked double shifts to provide for a family of five. To supplement Dad’s income, Mom held various office jobs as her health permitted.

Yet my parents found the resources to provide wonderful birthday and Christmas presents for their three children. However, there was a gift I wanted yet never received: a replica St. Louis Cardinals football helmet.

It’s not that my parents refused to buy me a helmet, but during the 1960s and early ’70s, NFL merchandise was limited. If you could find anything team-related in a store, it was for the closest franchise. In our case, the Bears, since we lived 60 miles from Chicago.

Not until we visited my uncle, who had moved to the St. Louis area from Philadelphia, did I finally see a Cardinals helmet in a store. Since I only had a dollar or two, I walked out of the business empty-handed — but not empty-headed. I decided to save and buy a helmet, even if I had to wait for our next visit to St. Louis.

I soon received a surprise in the mail. No, it wasn’t a Cardinals helmet. It was the latest Montgomery Ward Catalog. Flipping through it, I came across the unexpected. In a full-color spread were Rawlings youth helmets for all 26 NFL teams.

When I had enough cash, Mom drove me to the Ward’s catalog store and I ordered my Cardinals helmet. More than 42 years later, I still have my sought-after “treasure.”

Although it took me time and money to obtain that elusive present, I received something much more valuable a few years earlier which didn’t cost me anything. All I had to do was accept God’s gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

When I finish this life, my Cardinals helmet and other earthly possessions will hold no value to me. But my eternal gift from the Lord? Priceless.

— Ron Kopczick


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