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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. ...


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August 23, 2011 - The Days of Our Discontent

By Hilda Schnell

We’ve all done it. Most people probably do it at least once every day of their lives. You know what I mean … those mutterings under your breath, and sometimes out loud. Complaints about what a hot summer it’s been. Grumbling about the price of gas at the pumps. A mental argument with the driver who just cut you off. “So what’s the big deal?” you may be thinking. “Everybody complains.”

For the people of Israel in Moses’ day, it turned out to be a little habit with fatal consequences. Relive with me this familiar Old Testament scene …

Moses, along with 600,000 Israelite men (plus women and children!), are walking across the Red Sea on dry ground. God allows His people to watch, their eyes gaping in wonder, as every pursuing Egyptian is swallowed by the mighty waters. The Israelites’ exuberant song of praise rises to God. All the women dance with joyful abandon to the rhythm of Miriam’s tambourine.

A mere three days — and two verses — later, the party is definitely over (see Exodus 15:21-24). Exhausted and thirsty, the people grumble when they finally find water, only to realize it is too bitter to drink.

It’s a surprisingly short journey from dissatisfaction to unbelief; from demanding water to asking, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Exodus 17:7, NIV). Are we any different from Moses’ motley crew? How often do we focus on our circumstances and end up living with a discontented heart? Do we find fault with God’s provision and spend more time pouting than praising?

One thing is for sure: God longs for us to experience the “promised land” — an abundant life now, and heaven later. A disgruntled, unbelieving heart may prevent both.

— Hilda Schnell, a freelance copy editor and writer, lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son.



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