October 24, 2013

Give & Take


13 1 2At the appointed time on the appointed day, my brothers and I went down to the barber.

Wise. Handsome. Tall. Athletic. Strong, yet with the gentle touch and dexterous hands of a surgeon.

To cut the hair on the far side of my head, he didn’t spin the stool, and he didn’t walk around the chair either. Rather, he snuggled my head over against his chest so he could reach over to the far side, working from above.

I could hear his breathing. I could feel his breathing.

I could feel his heart.

When the whim struck, he blew away the loose hairs from my neck or face with a burst of his own breath.

Once finished, my barber would stand back, gaze proudly at his work, and then proclaim, “Not bad for an amateur!”

How the years went rushing by! Looking back past all those years, I wish my dad still cut my hair.

The glory of children is their father . . .

—S. T. Mann, Dome Creek, British Columbia, Canada

adventist life

About a year away from turning 100, I need to use a walker. When I get off the elevator at my floor, sometimes the other residents at the retirement community where I live will say, “You get off first because you walk faster with your walker than we can walk.” I get teased about how rapidly I move with my walker.

Yesterday, as I sped along and passed a kind old gentleman, he remarked, “You are exceeding the speed limit.”

—Alice Robbins, Loma Linda, California

Think About It

Let us remember: When we put God first in our worship, knowing He is not only our Creator but our Redeemer, our sorrows don’t seem so big. We realize that He can and will be there for us. When we do His law—that is, putting Him first, then our neighbor—we soon forget about our problems. We are now focused on God and helping others. The prayer of Colossians 1:9-15 should be on our lips always.

—Mary Battey, Maui, Hawaii

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