The Power at the Center

September 3, 2003

[Laser printer fuser assembly]Luke 1:67-75 lectio: He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives. At home on Monday, I disassembled the fuser assembly for our laser printer, replaced the teflon roller, and reassembled it. You have to understand that I am not a hardware guy; Kay (who is the nuts-and-bolts person of the house) expressed concern that I was getting in over my head. But thanks to the helpful CD-ROM video included in the kit from, I pulled it off without destroying anything! The printer still prints, and now hopefully I’ve gotten rid of the annoying black stripes.

In the middle of the teflon roller is this thing called the fuser lamp. This must be what gets really hot and bakes the toner onto the paper. It’s the heart of the printer. If other parts are not functioning well, your printouts will be messy, or get jammed, or something. But without the fuser lamp, you will get nothing but blank sheets of paper — even if all the other parts are perfect.

The video said to be really careful when you pull out the fuser lamp. Don’t touch the lamp part at all, because any finger oils could destroy the lamp. I had to pull it out to remove the teflon roller. Once I had the new roller in place, I carefully set the lamp, the power of the printer, back in the center.

++ Lord, you placed your fuser lamp in the center of my life. Help me not to ruin it with my own messy oils. I need the power of your salvation every day. Burn hot, burn true, at the center of all I do. ++

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to The Power at the Center

  1. OOOoooo, that’s good. A great prelude to the discussions from the center…

  2. Hey, that’s a cool analogy! The power of salvation at the center of our lives. Yeah, I like that. 🙂