December 14, 2012

Give & Take

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We are looking for brief submissions in these categories:

Sound Bites (quotes, 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, and city and state from which you are writing.

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Camp Meeting Memories

.Many years ago when my nephew was a little boy about 4 years of age, he was at the Grand Ledge, Michigan, camp meeting with his parents. One evening after dropping him off at the children’s meeting and then proceeding to the main meeting for the adults, they were surprised to see him come into the adult meeting and quickly sit down very close to his mother. He seemed to be a little frightened. He quietly said to his mother, “Some little kid just broke a window.”

My sister, his mom, asked him, “Was that little kid you?” and he admitted that yes, it had been him. We had some chuckles over that.
—Sally Wilhelmson, Skokie, Illinois

Sound Bite
“Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past. It will keep your past from destroying your future.”
—Des and Derek Cummings, and Jeremy Robinson, during their recent sermon together for the family worship service at the Celebration Seventh-day Adventist Church in Celebration, Florida

Adventist Life
CAKE INSTEAD OF PIE: It all started in early December 2011, while perusing the December edition of Southern Living magazine. The recipe for chocolate gingerbread toffee cake caught my attention. Maybe I should make a cake for Christmas this year, I mused. But no, I always make pies, and a cranberry one would be a nice option along with a traditional pecan. I hesitated—and decided to tear out the recipe to keep my options open.

Every time I thought about Christmas dessert, my mind returned to that cake recipe. When it came time to go to the grocery story, the cake recipe went along, and the ingredients were purchased. 

Late Friday afternoon, before Christmas on Sunday, as we were driving home from the aquarium our 4-year-old grandson said, “We should bake a cake for Jesus’ birthday.”

Tears came to my eyes when I realized the reason we were having cake for Christmas. As we sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas Day the whole family was reminded of the reason for the season.
—Bonnie Eder, Ooltewah, Tennessee

This article was published December 20, 2012.