The June issue was one of the best issues to date. I have marked so many of the articles to retain and share with others that it was almost pointless—I just need to give them the entire issue. Heart-touching articles about my friends Mike and Gayle Tucker, a wonderful testimony written by Sharon Tennyson, stories about the impact of The Great Controversy, and “Living Stones,” by Richard Martin, really spoke to my heart.
Keep up the great work. We need to find a way to get every issue of this magazine into the hands and hearts of every Seventh-day Adventist family.
I appreciated the many wonderful articles in the June Adventist Review.
I am so sorry to hear about the death of Gayle Tucker. We pray the Lord will comfort Mike Tucker with our glorious hope of the soon return of Jesus, when he shall see his dear wife again.
It was good to read about the decision to place the Nathan Greene painting of the second coming of Christ in every academy and division office.
I also want to comment on the editorial by Bill Knott, “Armchair Religion.” I agree with him that there should be no excuse for people not going to church. Nevertheless, let’s keep in mind that those who are sick are happy to be able to watch the worship services from Loma Linda and Andrews University, and many other programs during the Sabbath. What a blessing for those who are incapacitated, sick, or facing inclement weather. His points are very clear, and one cannot afford to skip church services and miss the blessings of fellowship with the saints, Bible study, praise, and the Word of God brought to you by your pastor, which enhance the Christian experience.
When we visited Walla Walla, Washington, Blue Mountain TV was a real blessing. Not only could you watch a live service, but you could also listen to the rebroadcasting of the service during another day of the week. Hope Channel, LLUBN, 3ABN, and Blue Mountain are not a substitute for the hope alive in our local church, but additional blessings to those in need!
Leo Ranzolin, Sr.
Several of May’s articles take a noncommittal stance on country living that I don’t find in their cited source material. I encourage families who are planning for children to read the book Country Living and explore the issue for themselves.
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Four articles in the June Adventist Review seem to be to be closely linked together.
The first two, McChesney’s obituary of Gayle Tucker, and Mike Tucker’s reflections on his grief, obviously are. Jill Morikone deals with the same pain in “Feelings Versus Faith,” yet reminding us that we may do our duty in spite of the awful sense of emptiness. That joyful doing for others is described on the very next page we read on 94-year-old Judy Olson, who is still sewing dresses and shirts for orphaned children, “averaging two or three a day.” Even after the bleakness of tragedy, life goes on and “joy comes in the morning.”
Ruth A. Edwards
Oak Harbor, Washington
I read with interest “Never Too Old,” about 94-year-old Judy Olson in the June 2016 issue and admire her for the dedication and energy she pours into making dresses for orphans. My heart gave a start when I read the name of her husband, Orley, and realized I had a connection with this couple.
I could not have been more than two or three years old at the time, but I remember in the early 1950s, sitting on Orley’s lap at the dinner table of Arthur and Virginia Hallock in Wichita, Kansas. Orley was trying very diligently to persuade me to use my right hand instead of my left. It didn’t take; at 67-years-old I am still happily and helplessly left-handed. But all through the intervening years I have gotten a chuckle any time I have thought back to that incident.
Thanks for the memory!
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