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Life is a Reflection

Written by Harvey Ackerman, Jr.

Life is a reflection...
and if we are a senior, we are on the other side of the mirror.

What if we could go back and take a different path?
What would be missing and what would we have given up?

Those of us who are Christians can never be separated
from our relationship with Christ.

Many are called to missions in distant lands, but perhaps
without even knowing it, many of us are called to missions
right where we are. We live in the land of plenty.

It is sad we have so many around us who lack basic needs.
It is sadder still we cannot open up our homes to have them
stay under our roofs in warm beds in "spare" bedrooms and
sit at our tables and eat until they are full.

One of the most interesting quotes I read recently was this one
by Mohandas Gandhi ...

"There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot
appear to them except in the form of bread."

Jesus tells us in Luke 16:19-31 the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
All through our lives we have had Lazarus at our gate...

Missions can be on our very street in front of our house.
It might not always come in the form of a life spent in
a foreign land.

Frequently, it can seem so ordinary we don't see it until we start
connecting the dots of our life and realize all that we are has
brought us to exactly where we are supposed to be.

Influencing and helping those around us in ways we never
imagined is the order of the day. Jesus told the disciples to
begin at Jerusalem...

Imagine the declaration by the disciples about the resurrection of Christ.
Those who heard could walk to the tomb and see the stone rolled back
and that it was empty.  Had it not been true, they could have stopped
Christianity before it ever started.  Today, we have our own Jerusalem
right where we are...

We have the opportunity everyday to thank God for a new day and to
influence by our words and actions someone for Christ.  

Looking back at the reflections is a good thing to do because it can
bring us to the realization that our Lord has always been on our path
with us even during times we might not have felt the fellowship.

Our God is a great and wonderful God...

So much grace and mercy we did not earn,
but He has freely given to us because
we accepted His Gift.


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