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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: Adopted

By Scott Harrup
May 11, 2014

If you’re having a rough day, here’s a novel suggestion — try looking at baby pictures. Don’t have any of your own? There’s certain to be a parent or grandparent within shouting distance who will gladly open a wallet or turn on a smartphone to share the latest image of a new family addition. You might not be able to stop the slideshow once it starts.

The innocence and joy that pops from a photo of a happy baby reminds us God’s foundational plan for every person is one of blessing and fulfillment and love. Only a loving God could create the bond that cements a mother with her child, a family with a new member.

I had a blast looking at the photos of Elijah Thomas White sent to the Pentecostal Evangel when this issue’s cover feature was being designed. Sad to say, only the tiniest fraction could fit on our pages. But Elijah’s joy comes through, as well as the deep bond of love from his mom and dad, Megan and Nik White.

Elijah’s story powerfully communicates God’s plan for our lives on two levels. Like Elijah, each of us is a treasured unique creation. As well, like Elijah, each of us at birth enters a fallen world where human choices bring pain and destructively impact God’s original design. Just as the Whites providentially stepped in to adopt their son, God has stepped in to offer adoption to each of us.

The greatest single decision any one of us can make is to accept God’s gift of salvation. The Holy Spirit gently urges us toward that eternally significant choice.

“The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15, NIV).

This Mother’s Day, consider the God who created the mother/child bond that permeates every culture on our planet. Remember the price He paid through the sacrifice of His Son to offer adoption to each of us.

If you have not done so before, I hope you decide today to recognize Him as your true “Abba, Father.”

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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