June 4, 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.
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Sound Bite
“When your life is in God’s hands, He is on the front line even though you don’t know He is there.”
—John Lomacang, on 3ABN, February 7, 2012

Adventist Life
We inherited a tiny, cat-chasing dog named Precious when my mother passed away. We already had two dog-hating cats. We set down the law with the three animals. The cats would not claw the dog, and the dog would not chase the cats. Fairly early on there was an unhappy truce as the animals tried to obey their humans.
2012 1516 page13One good thing came from the hostility. Precious was a fussy eater, and even though she had great variety, she would play the game “I don’t think I like this food anymore.” Frustrated, I decided to place her food dish near the cats. Success! Precious quickly wolfed down the food so the cats wouldn’t eat it.
Now, I always find a cat before putting down the dog dish. As I do this, I’m reminded of the first part of Psalm 23:5: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies” (KJV).
—Laurita Ludwig, Auburn, Washington

Our fifth-grade class was having a Bible discussion on baptism. We learned that John the Baptist also baptized Jesus. I asked the students, “If Jesus did not have any sin, why did Jesus ask John to baptize Him?”
One girl quickly replied, “Jesus wanted to see if John was a good baptizer.”
—Janice Clark, Mamawi Atosketan Native School, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Reading about the proposed McDonald’s restaurant to be built in Loma Linda (see news article in Adventist Review, Feb. 16, 2012) reminded me of a question my daughter asked when she was 3 years old. Her favorite song at that age was “Roll, Roll Your Burdens Away.” She would sing this in countless repetitions. One day she abruptly stopped singing and asked, “Why do we have to roll our burgers away?”
—Marion Weidemann, Clayton, New Mexico
This article was published June 14, 2012.