Last weekend I was crashed on the couch while recovering from a nasty cold….(yes, another one). After a wonderful nap cuddled with my two doxies, I decided to do some Internet surfing on my iPad. Since Ramona was draped across my chest, I had to angle the iPad off to my side. As she awoke, she turned her head and for some reason saw her reflection in the screen of the iPad. I would venture to guess that she jumped a good six inches or more off my chest in a catlike move. Apparently, she thought she was staring at another dog by her side. She was quite startled and very unhappy. Once I got her to calm down and recovered from my laughing hysteria, I tried to show her that the dog was merely a reflection of her own. This took quite a bit of patience and soothing but we finally achieved calm. It was a fun, cute moment.

Reflections can come in many forms. Our reflection in the mirror or a reflection (meditation) upon a piece of music or a good book or a reflection of years past. Ken and I always put our Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. As we carefully hang each one of the precious ornaments we have collected or been given over the years, it’s a special time to reflect and remember those who have passed away and those who are present in our lives today. Let’s be sure this year to reflect and be grateful for the memories shared with family and friends especially during the holidays. In 1 Corinthians 13:12 it says, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then shall I know fully, even as I am fully known.”(NIV)

God bless you richly this week,

Becky Clegg

Church Administrator



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    Jean Gilmore says

    Thank you, Becky! I don’t always take the time to read all the Reflections published by First Presbyterian. This description of your tree decorating struck a cord. Though we don’t decorate an indoor tree each year, we have for several years displayed outdoors a live tree (sometimes circumstances disallow us to get all the lights on the tree) but we like being able to transplant the tree on our property the spring following the season of Advent. We have many memories wrapped up in decorating our home with gifts from dear friends and family: clocks made for especially for us; enlarged photographs of the Clearwater River by which we used to live; matted, framed pictures of places we’ve traveled; paintings done by friends from high school; and gifts from family that remind us of their worldly travels, family photographs to name a few.

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