Heart Habits
I am writing regarding Bill Knott’s article, “Habits of the Heart” (Sept. 19, 2013). At a recent Revelation Cruise, I was privileged to visit briefly with him. He stated in passing that he had stayed up late the night before finishing an editorial to be published in the Review. I watched eagerly for the arrival of my magazine. When it arrived I looked for the editorial, but it was not his. I went next to the table of contents and located the cover story he authored.

For a man of his professional stature, Knott is a humble man. His first paragraph contains the following quotation by Ellen White: “I long to be beautified every day with the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (Our High Calling, p. 247). I believe this prayer is the secret of his humility.

The first desirable heart habit Knott mentions is solitude, which as humans we sadly avoid but it could give us a chance to listen to the “sound of a gentle whisper” from God following Jesus’ example. We need quiet moments to contemplate what God has done for us in the past. If any doubt crosses our mind about His leading, our faith will reassure us that we are still loved by a merciful and forgiving heavenly Father. This is where a heart overflowing with deep gratitude comes into the picture.

The steps mentioned in the article are so simple yet so profound. If implemented they will see us through to the day of Christ’s appearing.
--Laurice Kafrouni Durrant
Keene, Texas

Race Relations, 50 Years Later 
“Outstanding” is the word for Bill Knott’s editorial, “Tell ‘Em About the Dream.” God uses those who are willing to speak the truth, and King was the right man at the right place at the right time.

 As a church, we have been given a message: God’s redemptive plan of love for this world and His soon return. Knott’s editorial is a reminder of “our duty and our privilege.”
--Natalie Dodd
Centerville, Ohio

Notes of Salvation
Just a note of thanks for two great articles in the September 19, 2013 Adventist Review. I was saying “right on!” to myself as I read Andrew Kerbs’ “A Memorial to Salvation” and Bill Knott’s “Habits of the Heart.” I’m glad to know the under-40 generation is hearing the gospel they way Christ intended it.

Indeed, when in the solitude of study of God’s Word we become certain of our redemption, we can relax (rest, feel “strangely warmed”) in gratitude for so great a salvation.
--Ed Karlow
Walla Walla, Washington

A Concern
I have noticed a development in our churches over the last few years that, in my opinion, is not working for the spiritual betterment of the church.

I am referring to the increasing occurrence of “family rooms” for the ordinance of foot washing. While this may have been a good idea to start with, it leaves much to be desired in our local churches.

In our church, for example, an average church of about 300 members (half of whom actually attend, and half of those actually stay for the quarterly service), so many wives and husbands participate in the “family room” that very few women are left for the “women’s only” room. I suspect it is the same for the “men’s only” room.

This might still be tolerable, but I’ve heard on two separate occasions (once from someone in our church and once from someone in another church) that they didn’t mind so much participating in foot washing as long as they could wash a family member’s feet, but they didn’t like doing it with a “stranger,” or words to that effect. One person said it was “icky.”

Doesn’t this negate the whole point of the ordinance? I miss the days when our more prominent members sought out widows or less fortunate single persons and made them feel welcome and wanted. We had a robust group with much camaraderie and spiritual fellowship, hearty singing, and heartfelt prayers as soul knit to soul.

Now five or six people wander in, do their thing, and wander out; no orderliness or any really beginning or end to the service. One woman at the last service commented, “We are the rejects.”

I would think that husbands and wives would have opportunities every day to “serve one another” at home, while their participation and leadership in the church-at-large act of humility and servant-hood is noted and much appreciated.

What do I want? Perhaps nothing. Maybe an article could be written concerning some of the things I’ve observed here locally. Something seems missing.
--Barbara Smith