Letters to the Editor
The Waiting Womb
I shall always remember Faminu
Imabong’s words (in “The Waiting Womb,” December 2013): “Why does heaven stay silent sometimes at the point of the deepest despair? when it seems so unbearable, and you can’t take it anymore? when you don’t know what to do or where to turn? when it seems that only God could understand, and He shows no great care?”
Brimming with Scripture references, Imabong’s message was overflowing with endurance. Thank you to the author—and thanks to Adventist World for sharing this woman’s insight.
Dawna Fae Bradley
_Rogue River, Oregon,
The December 2013 cover story was a star! Faminu Imabong discusses many of the points I discovered in Bible study during the years I struggled with the pain of childlessness.
It is also important to recognize that while barrenness is largely seen as a grief of women, men deal with it too. Both hurt with the loss of joy in loving and raising little ones made through their love. Women suffer shame, gossip, and guilt. Some cultures also shame men, increasing their temptation to obtain children outside of marriage, but beyond this, men face the fact that there will be no one to carry on their name.
In Jewish society it was important to have a genealogy that included the memory of a man’s name. Without descendants, a man’s name ceased to be mentioned in the coming generations. Jesus had to accept this, as foretold in Isaiah: “He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation?” (Isa. 53:8).
By remaining single in obedience to His mission, Jesus gave up the joy of procreation. Only by faith could He trust that in eternity He would “see His seed” (verse 10) and be satisfied. . . . He’s a wonderful Savior!
Finding the Truth
Ted N. C. Wilson related, in his article “Finding the Truth” (Nov. 2013), the inspiring story of John Bradshaw and how the book, The Great Controversy, played an integral part in his conversion. These sorts of stories are wonderful examples of the continuing importance of the publishing ministry in this denomination.
Yes, the book changed John’s life because it contained great truths. But equally important, it was given to him in the context of a relationship with his brother. Mass mailings can never be as effective as personal relationships; perhaps we need to rethink things and get back to discipleship.
_Port Hardy, British Columbia Canada
Truth, Obedience, and Health
I read Adventist World every month.
I was very impressed by Bill Knott’s editorial “Doing the Truth” (November 2013); and I appreciate the writings of Angel Manuel Rodríguez, most recently his article “A Question of Obedience” (November 2013). I am also thankful for the advice of the two General Conference doctors, Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless, in their monthly column World Health.
Thank you so much for Adventist World. I enjoy Bill Knott’s editorials and Bible Questions Answered, by Angel Manuel Rodríguez.