February 16, 2012

Give & Take

Share With Us
We are looking for brief submissions in these categories:
Sound Bites (profound or spontaneous)
Adventist Life (short anecdotes, especially from the world of adults)
Jots and Tittles (church-related tips)
Camp Meeting Memories
(short, humorous, and/or profound anecdotes)
Please send your submissions to Give & Take, Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail: [email protected]. Please include phone number, city, and state from which you are writing.
Sound Bite
“Pain can be a tool in the hands of a mighty God, who loves you too much not to use it.”
—Denise Reinwald, during a sermon at the Grace Outlet Seventh-day Adventist Church in Reading, Pennsylvania
Adventist Life
We are getting up there in years, and our youngest son decided to build us a new home so that we could be close to him and that he could look after us. He proceeded to pick out and install in the new home everything he remembered we had mentioned we would like to have.
Imagine my surprise when the new appliances came in and, as I was reading the instructions on them, I discovered that they had a “Sabbath mode.” Upon further reading I learned that the appliances could be programed not to work during the Sabbath hours. When I questioned him about this, he replied, “Mom, I knew that you kept the Sabbath, so I thought I would get you those appliances because they keep the Sabbath, too.”
2012 1506 page13I can now make sure that my stove and microwave don’t cook and that my ice maker won’t make ice during the Sabbath hours!
 —Carolyn Chasteen, Berea, Kentucky

When a fire alarm interrupted Des Cummings’ 2011 baccalaureate sermon at the Walla Walla University church in Washington, he continued to preach over the high-pitched beep of the siren, even incorporating the event into his message by referencing the “alarms” that sometimes occur in the Christian experience. The entire congregation was directed to evacuate the church while the fire department fixed the problem, but nearly everyone returned afterward to hear the conclusion of the sermon.
As music professor Kraig Scott played for the closing hymn, the congregation groaned as the sound of the fire alarm echoed through the sanctuary once again. Just as everyone was glancing toward the exits, Scott continued his accompaniment, and the alarm immediately ceased. The audience had a good laugh as they realized the joke was on them: the organist had used his instrument and perfect pitch to precisely mimic the alarm!
—Elizabeth Howe, Boonsboro, Maryland
This article was published February 23, 2012.