When I was an elementary student, my brother and I had to travel to school every day by school bus. During the ride I loved to socialize, so I spent most of that time talking and laughing with my friends. One day the noise levels bothered the bus driver, and he told us that there would be no more talking on the bus. The penalty for disobeying the law was being sent off the bus.
My parents supported the bus driver and added that if we got sent off the bus at any time, we would have to walk to school. My brother didn’t mind because he was quiet and said very little. However, I didn’t know how I could last an hour and a half without talking. One day, my brother accidentally talked and was sent off the bus. So, true to my parents’ word, my brother had to get up early in the morning before daylight and walk all the way to school while I rode the bus.
The most amazing part to this story is that my brother didn’t walk alone. My dad drove his car beside my brother. It was a long, dark road to school, and our dad wanted to make sure my brother arrived safely, even if that meant being late for work. My dad’s actions toward my brother remind me of God’s great love for us. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” (Ps. 103:13, NIV).
London, England, is alive with Adventist churches and church plants. Greater London has a population of just a little more than 7.1 million (2001 census). There are 75 Adventist churches or groups with a total Adventist membership of 12,600 in the London area.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“The kiss of forgiveness is greater than the faltering confession of repentance. The footsteps of confession and repentance are slow and faltering, but the footsteps of forgiveness and mercy are swift and certain.”
—Pastor Rex Frost, Dalton (Georgia, USA) Seventh-day Adventist Church, quoting Charles H. Spurgeon (adapted from The Treasury of the New Testament) in a sermon on March 3, 2007. Frost is commenting on the interaction of father and returning son in the story of the prodigal son.