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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: So Thankful

By Scott Harrup
Nov. 23, 2014

My life is immeasurably blessed.

I grew up in a home where the gospel was not only taught in family devotions, but was lived out each day in ways both spectacular and mundane. Thanks to my parents’ teaching and example, I early on committed my life to Christ.

Beyond my parents’ influence, I am thankful for generous mentoring. Teachers in elementary and high school. College professors. Pastors and Sunday School teachers. Coaches and club leaders. And, yes, even bosses. All gave of their wisdom and time and strength to help nurture the health of my life journey.

I am blessed to live in these United States, a nation that still engraves “In God We Trust” billions of times every year on currency, coin, and many official documents. As well, I count it an enormous boon to have lived overseas and experienced firsthand the kindness and hospitality I needed as “a stranger in a strange land.”

In Jodie Sichanis, now Harrup, God blessed me with a life partner. Then, not once, not twice, but three times He brought into our marriage an eternal soul to raise up and introduce to the same Savior we serve.

With this list (which is really just a bare-bones beginning) there have been other blessings that did not appear to be such at first encounter. Physical illness, long-term disability (why say “lifelong” when one continues to pray for healing?), financial challenges, discouragement, spiritual battles, relationship fractures — these and other varieties of pain are unavoidable.

Can such pain really be called a blessing? In isolation, no. But for the child of God, the outgrowth of life’s pain will bring a measure of good over time and will serve to shape each of us for the ultimate good to be experienced in God’s presence for eternity.

This Thanksgiving issue of the Pentecostal Evangel invites you to entrust your life, with all its difficult twists and turns, to the One who assures us, “I know the plans I have for you ... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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