Stories of Reflection

Katamanthano

Katamanthano is a Greek word, which Jesus used when pointing to a nearby field, saying, “KATAMANTHANO the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, and yet I tell you Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matt. 6:28-29). Katamanthano is usually given the English translation of consider. However its literal translation is “to observe well, notice carefully, learn thoroughly, CONSIDER.”

The reflections below, written by Rev. Wendell Mettey, are about this world and how, through it, God reveals Himself to us. These reflections do as the Great Teacher did: pause along the roadside of Life to “Katamanthano... consider the lilies of the field.” And in doing so, we discover a message from God for our daily living. 

Read more about what Katamanthano is...


STORIES OF REFLECTION
These Stories of Reflection are a collection of writings by Rev. Wendell E. Mettey, composed throughout many past years. Stories are copyright protected. All rights reserved.

7/31/14 - One Poor Child at a Time
After a tour of Matthew 25: Ministries Distribution Center, in which he saw the massive amount of supplies being shipped to an even greater number of countries, and heard the inspirational account of how God is blessing us with truckload after truckload of supplies, he responded, “This is great, impressive…but, are you really making a difference?” “Well,” I said, “that depends!”
 
7/24/14 - Chance or Providence
I suppose the events in our lives can be explained as happening by chance or by providence. As a people of faith we believe that life is not just the roll of the dice but guided by the invisible hand of God. This is certainly evident by what has transpired during a few months in 1998...
 
7/17/14 - Blossoms of Nicaragua
“I can take it down now,” he said with the chainsaw in his hand, “or you can let the wind do it, in which case, it’ll probably end up on your house!” The tree in question was a beautiful maple which was packed full of eighteen years of fond memories of my children playing in and around it. It also was the main source of shade for our patio...
 
7/10/14 - A Daily Reminder
I unfolded the morning newspaper and placed it next to my bowl of cereal, teaming with fresh fruit. It was supposed to be a quiet breakfast and a few moments with the morning news: a check of the weather, a few headline stories, a comic or two and then off to work. Instead, I found myself unable to take my eyes off of the photograph before me.
 
7/3/14 - With God
One day I heard someone say, “Yes, it is true. With God all things are possible. But, we need to realize, God does not choose to do all things!” So often we find ourselves wanting things or perhaps setting out on a “mission impossible” without consulting with God...

View more stories of reflection on the Archives page.