June 20, 2012

Give & Take

Let’s pray
Have a prayer need? Have a few free minutes? Each Wednesday morning at 8:15 EDT the Adventist Review staff meets to pray for people—children, parents, friends, coworkers. Send your prayer requests and, if possible, pray with us on Wednesday mornings. Send requests to: Let’s Pray, Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail: [email protected].

Think About It
Read Exodus 20:17. God placed the tenth commandment in the Decalogue for our good. We spend too much time and energy being jealous of what others have. God knows what each human can handle. It was His wisdom to place it tenth. But all of the first nine are covered in it. Physical, mental, and spiritual health depend on not coveting.
Joe Cobb, Greenwood, Mississippi

Sound Bite
“I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Jesus, as recorded in John 14:13, 14

Adventist Life
I will never forget an experience I had with my son, Truman, when he was 3. We had recently moved to a new community and a new church. As I was teaching him to pray I always told him to talk to God about what he liked and didn’t like about his day, and then to pray for others who may need prayer.

Our church experienced several deaths and funerals. I would model a prayer for the widows, naming them one by one. When Truman said his prayer, he would pray for them, too.

I learned a valuable lesson in the use of words one night when Truman prayed for our three widowed members and chose to be quite specific with his request. He said, “Please be with Ferol, Linda, and Ms. Helen. They ‘lost’ their husbands. Please, God, help them to find them so they are not lonely!”
Suzy Findley, Morristown, Tennessee

Waves of Love
Take a trip down to the seashore
With a sturdy bucket in hand.
Scoop up pails of water;
Then pour it all out on the sand.

You can never empty the ocean
No matter how hard you try.
Like the sea, God’s love for His children
Is so full it will never run dry.
Marcia Mollenkopf, Klamath Falls, Oregon

This article was published June 28, 2012.