Our children, Judy and Jimmy, were the first grandchildren in the family. My two brothers, Bill and Roy, were visiting around Christmas and wanted to hear their prayers at bedtime. At that time, there were two important things on the children’s minds: our big yellow cat that had sore, frostbitten ears, and my husband, who was a smoker.
We all knelt down, and when it was time for Jimmy to pray, he said, “Dear Jesus, Please help Daddy’s ears to get well and the kitty to stop smoking.” My brothers clapped their hands over their mouths until the prayer was over and they could laugh.
—Genevieve McIntosh, who submitted this prior to passing away in 2012, was from Pensacola, Florida
The sun set slowly
As the teardrops spilled on
Lilacs she caressed
In trembling hands.
Theirs had been a marriage to remember,
A love affair grown sweeter with the years.
We’ll soon be climbing mountains hand in hand
Together was the thought she savored
As she pictured sun-filled, glory-morned tomorrows.
They would see the Master they both loved
Together, and would share more common joy—
Of things God has prepared
For those who love Him all the way to death
And wait with patience
For His blessed return.
—Ritchie Worley, Smithfield, North Carolina
“Anyone can be a member. But it takes a real commitment to Jesus Christ to be a disciple.”
—Pastor Hal Butman, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
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)
Camp Meeting Memories (150 words or less)
Jots and Tittles (church-related tips)
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.