Friday, 23 January 2015

Who Wants a Broken Mirror

So what is the meaning of life? Silly question, eh? Alexandros Papaderos' students certainly thought so when one of their colleagues popped the question. But their teacher didn't.
He saw that the questioner was serious, so he did a very strange thing. The professor dug into his  wallet and produced a chunk of glass. Glass! But it wasn't just any old piece of glass, but a fragment of a broken mirror that he had been hauling around for many years, but why?

Well, he was one of those unfortunate individuals who had endured the horrors of war as a small boy. One day while shuffling down the road he saw something glinting in the sun. For a child not distracted by video games or  lesser toys this caught his attention, so squatted down to take a closer look. Lo and behold there was a shattered mirror laying there, and he soon found a piece the size of a quarter to experiment with.

Have you ever discovered what you could do with a mirror? Or even a broken one? It helped him to reflect light into the neatest places: dark holes, crevices, you name it. But that wasn't the end of it. As the years rolled on, it before even more significant.

Let's put it in his own words. "As I became a man the little piece of mirror took on new meaning for me. I began to realize I can be a small fragment of a mirror." He wanted to reflect light, truth and understanding into the hearts of others, but let's take it a step further. Let's reflect Jesus into the sad and lonely hearts around us. Care for broken mirror glass anyone?

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