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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 New Life

Dec. 19, 2010

“Does anyone here need a new life?” he asked.

The young man had just finished telling his own story of an old life marred by crime and murder. She was in the audience of women gathered for a luncheon at a small restaurant. She knew she needed a new life.

He had spoken of his years questioning God’s existence. Watching TV one evening in his small apartment, he heard an evangelist say that God loved him. The message tugged at his heart. He suddenly knelt and prayed, “God, if You are real, show me!”

His own prayer frightened him. He left his apartment and rushed outside, colliding with a passerby. The older man held onto him firmly.

“Can I help you?” he asked the distraught young man. It turned out he was a minister on his way home, and he told the young man how a Heavenly Father sent His Son to redeem a lost world. “If you had been the only one on earth,” he continued, “God would have sent Jesus just for you.”

The minister’s words rang true with the evangelist’s invitation on TV. The young man accepted Christ. Now he traveled and shared his own story of redemption at every opportunity.

As she listened to him speak at the luncheon that day, the woman thought back to her own meeting with a minister just weeks earlier.

“If you don’t change the direction of your life,” he had said lovingly but honestly, “you are going to hell.”

No one had ever spoken to her like that. She had carried the weight of his words these past weeks. Now, with the young man’s invitation, she timidly raised her hand.

She went home that day not feeling much different. But that question kept running through her mind: Does anyone here need a new life?

Two weeks later, while her three children were at school, she knelt in her living room and prayed a simple prayer: “Lord Jesus, I would rather die right now than sin again. Take my life.”

When she rose, something deep and wonderful had happened. She felt an indescribable peace. She felt her life was cleansed. She felt hope.

Her children soon noticed the difference in her. One by one, they too accepted Christ as their Savior.

It had all started in a small restaurant when a young man spoke honestly of his own failure and his new faith. It all happened more than 25 years ago.

Over the years, the young woman in the audience felt an undying hunger to know God more. She was like a sponge where God’s Word was concerned, always seeking more of His truth. At 57, she went to Bible school. She took every opportunity to point someone else to heaven. During many shared cups of coffee, her friends would ask her to pray for them.

Today, widowed and homebound, she still thinks back to the difference Christ made in her life and in her children’s lives. One daughter serves in a local church. Another lives out her faith as a nurse. A recently married granddaughter continues the legacy of faith.

“My heart’s desire is that all would call on the mercy Jesus Christ offers,” the grandmother insists. “That they would want to know personally the Life Changer, the Friend, the One who in an instant changes the direction of your eternal life.”

Name withheld by request of author.

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