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. 

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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.

2/19/15 - Plugged In and Turned On
It happens to all public speakers from time to time. It happened to me one Sunday. My microphone was not turned on. Trying to explain the situation, I found myself saying, “Gee, I’m plugged in, but not turned on!” Later that day, as I reflected on the service, I considered how that can also happen in our Christian walk and the same can be said of us...
 
2/12/15 - The Rosebush
She had something she wanted to show me. She took me by the arm and led me away. After a brief walk she tugged at my arm and we stopped. “There,” she said. “Isn’t that something!” She pointed toward a rather humble looking rosebush, a Baby Ramble Rosebush to be specific...
 
2/5/15 - Oh How He Loves Us
I watched and listened unnoticed as a mother told her little girl not to get around the grill. As soon as the mother was out of sight, the little girl began poking a stick in the charcoal. She managed to pick up one of the pieces of charcoal and dropped it on the patio floor...
 
1/29/15 - Too Heavy To Bear
The mission: to climb to the top of the Amazon Mountains. The purpose: to find the beginning of the Great Amazon River. The explorer: Jean Michel Cousteau, eldest son of the famed Jacques Cousteau. Narrating the film of the climb, Jean Michel told how the climb was strenuous. Especially near the top of the mountain where the air was thin, each step became heavy and deliberate...
 
1/22/15 - Cuddlers
They are called “Cuddlers.” Their job: “to hold closely and lovingly in ones arms or lap.”Whom do they cuddle? The newborn babies, especially the premature babies, in hospital nurseries. They do for the babies what the nurses do not have time to do. They volunteer to come into the nurseries and simply hold or cuddle the babies. Why? Because it has been medically documented that cuddling has tremendous therapeutic value...

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