October 23, 2013

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I Thirst

That dark day of death He said, “I thirst.”

Now He thirsts for grape juice.

Nothing else tastes the same up there.

He’s been waiting 20 centuries

to savor the flavor of crushed grapes.

He can hardly wait to drink it again

. . . with us.

Juicy fruit marked our fall from grace.

This fruit juice connects us to the gift of grace.

A drinking party is planned like never before

. . . the joy of fresh grape juice together

at the beginning of perfect eternity!


Today I thirst. He tells me,

“If anyone thirsts,

let him come to Me and drink.”

And “Blessed are those who . . . thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”

(John 19:28; John 7:36-38; Isa. 55:1; Matt. 5:6).*

—Doris Burdick, Lincoln, Nebraska

* Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Adventist Life

One recent Monday morning, on the way to school, our 4-year-old was singing passionately from her car seat. She belted out her two lines again and again. She had inadvertently mixed up two widely known songs, however, creating a cute and still meaningful mash-up: “Jesus loves the little children; over the hills and everywhere!”

—Kimberly Luste Maran, Laurel, Maryland


I was at my friend’s house right around lunchtime. Her 7-year-old son invited me to stay for lunch. I told him I’d have lunch with them another time, sharing that I was going home to have a sweet potato that was already in the process of baking. Not wanting me to leave, he replied, “We have potatoes! And we can make them sweet!”

I just grinned from ear to ear.

—Jenni Lane, Summerville, Georgia