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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. ...

God Moments

By Marshall Bruner
July 22, 2012

God speaks to us all. He always talks to us, but we don’t always hear Him. Sometimes we don’t try to listen, and other times we just don’t recognize the form in which He communicates. But He’s always speaking.

Last October I picked up the Pentecostal Evangel and read again about the tornado that had devastated Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. This story was different from other disaster reports. It felt more personal as I read about Crystal Cogdill, a fellow believer in Christ.

Crystal lost her 10-year-old son, Zachary, as a result of an EF-5 multi-vortex tornado. As the words from the pages leaped into my heart, I began to ache for Crystal. It was a God moment — I deeply sensed His compassion for Crystal and her surviving son, David.

I placed the magazine on my desk, stood up, and went to a bookshelf in my office. It was somewhat cluttered, so I began straightening the books when I noticed a small, thin songbook I had placed there years ago. I picked up the 1931 edition of Evangel Songs, printed by Gospel Publishing House in Springfield, Mo., opened the songbook, and looked at pages that had yellowed from years of wear.

The very first song I came to was another God moment. (I’ve had God moments before, but these two came within a 5-minute span.) In Thoro Harris’ version of “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” the lyrics spoke eloquently of children around the world needing to hear the gospel. A line jumped out at me: “Everywhere we hear their cry, ‘Come and save us or we die.’”

I often communicate with God, but I don’t always hear from Him. Why today would I hear two messages from Him so quickly? What did He want me to hear?

The first message was about a child lost to a tornado, though Zachary was not lost spiritually. The second was about saving the lost children of the world — children at risk of being lost for eternity.

I began reading the words to this song. Of course we all know some variation of the chorus.

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children are His care;

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in His sight;

Jesus loves the little children everywhere.

I had sung it as a child, and even as an adult, countless times. But this was the first time I had read or heard of the verses. I grew up in the pews of an Assemblies of God church and sang hymns all my life — even pretending as a child to know the words before I could read and singing out substitute words that resembled what had been written.

Now, though, I stood and read the words of that song as though God were clearly speaking to me.

Our job in Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) is to save the little children of the world. Of course we can’t do it ourselves. Only Jesus can. Yet we are the instruments who can enable children and leaders in the United States to respond so missionaries around the world can lead children to Christ.

So let the words resound. Are you ready?

MARSHALL BRUNER serves as compassion ministries coordinator for the Assemblies of God Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) office.

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