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    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. ...

LC's Secret

By Jane Van Note
July 18, 2010

He has a small mechanic’s shop — sandwiched between two larger ones — on the main street of a small, Texas town. His only motivation in life is to be a servant for the Lord he loves more than life itself.

This messenger of God has discovered a secret, although I doubt he recognizes it. It’s one available to all Christians, but one that few find. As he pours out blessings, God sends blessings back. I guess you could say God has the bigger blessing shovel.

LC is always on the lookout for someone in need. Every year by late summer he has compiled a list of children who, without intervention, would begin the school year with little or nothing. LC will make sure every child on his list has several school outfits, new shoes and a backpack loaded down with brand-new school supplies.

A few months later, LC has another list on his desk. As he hears of households that might not have a turkey for Thanksgiving, those names are penciled in. Come Thanksgiving Day before the sun is up, you’ll find LC and one of his sons deep-frying turkeys — which they later deliver to everyone on the list.

We, too, are recipients of a blessing from LC. When the transmission on our truck was slipping, we received an estimate of $2,200 to repair it. We are retired, and with the present economy there always seem to be more expenses than money. We just did not have $2,200. But we knew the One who did, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and we presented our need to Him.

Per a friend’s recommendation, we took our truck to LC’s shop. It was repaired the same day for less than a fourth of the previous estimate.

My curiosity was piqued. I began a quiet investigation into LC and uncovered many, many customers whom he had blessed in a similar way. Sometimes they paid a fraction of their initial estimate. Some received no bill at all. If they protested, all received the same comment: “Don’t steal my blessing.”

LC has a childlike faith and believes people should always be willing to give someone a hand up, but not a hand out. He’s quick to tell you that if a man doesn’t work, he shouldn’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

His age says he should have retired several years ago, but Monday through Saturday he is at the shop by 7 a.m. and seldom leaves before 6 p.m.

Sunday is his day of rest.

“If the good Lord worked for six days before He rested,” LC will tell you, “that’s good enough for me.”

I’ve often wondered what angels look like. I think I’ve met one who wears coveralls. He is a quiet sort, although he always has a smile, a hug and a “God bless you.” They say the eyes are mirrors to the soul; when you look into LC’s eyes, you see Jesus.

JANE VAN NOTE is a jack-of-all-trades, retired grandmother who currently works at a tutoring and after school care program and attends Friendship Church (AG) in Richmond, Texas.

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