The Perfect Reflection


Cree Vicar Dave - SASS Life #49907

My father, bless his soul, was born just after the close of the 19th century.  As a lad he was familiar with horsepower in the flesh.  He told stories of riding in a buckboard to town and farming with a draft team.  And there was even a dramatic experience that he related to me when he tried to rescue a team of horses from a burning barn with his young wife, my mother, screaming at him not to do it.  Hanging in my workshop is a pair of complete horse collars that were passed on to me from my dad.

Browsing around an antique shop a while ago I spotted a horse collar with a fair amount of wear.  The price was right so I became the proud new owner of the sweat laden piece of historical leather.  The Vicar’s Wife gave me the LOOK as we walked out of the store.  But I had something special in mind for the potential heirloom.  I had seen a horse collar mirror before and this worthy specimen would be perfect for the project.  Since Cowboy Action Shooting™ became a part of our lives mirrors seem a little more important.  It says in I Samuel 16:7 “…Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  My heart is right with God but people still take notice of what you look like.  So the mirror plays a role in our sport.

Well I took my proud new prize possession over to a local glass shop where the glazier cut a piece of plate glass mirror to fit the center.  He suggested I use dark brown caulk to hold the mirror in place.  After the mirror was installed I strapped on a pair of hames that were lying around in the barn.  The finished product impressed even me.

Now some years later this reflective gem of history has found a new place to hang around.  It’s on loan to our club where it adds ambience hanging on the assay office wall.  I hope it hangs there for many years reflecting competitors participating in Cowboy Action activities even after the Lord calls me home.  “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  I Corinthians 13:12

God Bless,

Cree Vicar Dave