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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. ...

River Fun

You’ve probably heard that water covers three-quarters of the Earth’s surface. But did you know most of that water is either frozen or salty? If a gallon jug represented all the water in the world, only one tablespoon would be available for drinking.

Rivers are important sources of fresh water. Much of the water that pours from our faucets comes from streams and rivers. Besides providing drinking water, rivers run turbines that create electricity. They provide homes for fish and wildlife. Rivers water our crops so we can grow food to eat. They also make our lives more fun. Many people enjoy river activities like fishing, wading, canoeing and white-water rafting.

There are nearly 4 million miles of rivers in the United States. The Missouri River, which is 2,540 miles long, is the nation’s longest river.

The longest river in the world is the Nile River. It is 4,132 miles long and runs through 10 African countries. The Nile River is home to many animals, including eels, hippopotamuses and huge crocodiles.

What’s the world’s best river? It depends on whom you ask. Maybe you have a favorite river where you like to splash and play.

The Bible tells the story of a man who was healed after washing in a river. Naaman was an army commander for the king of Aram. Naaman was a good soldier, but he had a serious skin disease called leprosy. A young Israelite girl knew God could heal Naaman. She told Naaman’s wife about a prophet who could call on God for help. The prophet’s name was Elisha.

Naaman went to Israel to find Elisha. But the prophet told Naaman to do something strange. Elisha said Naaman should wash seven times in the Jordan River. Naaman was angry. It seemed silly to journey all the way to Israel just to get wet in a river. Naaman believed he had better rivers closer to home!

Thankfully, Naaman didn’t stay angry. He finally followed Elisha’s instructions and was healed of his leprosy.

“So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy” (2 Kings 5:14, NIV).

The Israelite girl helped Naaman learn about God and get the healing he needed. God still uses kids to make a difference in the world. Maybe you know people who need God’s help. You can pray for them. You can also tell them about God’s love and miracle-working power.

— Christina Quick

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