July 7, 2011
Today we celebrate The Fourth of July – the birth of our great nation. We celebrate with parades, fireworks, patriotic music, special religious services, cookouts, and family reunions. In our area it was the Henry Barron Family and the Risinger/Bennett Families. This date is especially important to the Barron Family as they remember that seven members of this family served in World War II at the same time — four boys and three girls. Many of the ones present, at this reunion, are descendants of these brave soldiers and nurses — They have a legacy to be proud of and honor. The Barron Reunion was held at Mt. Tabor Family Life Center near Farmerville with 60 – 70 in attendance; a great opportunity to renew friendship with kin not seen but once a year; a great time to share traditional foods and stories that are handed down from generation to generation. Maurene Barron, the oldest at 98, was unable to attend this year due to a recent bronchial problem. Susan and James Smith’s daughter, Angela and her family, from Oklahoma, visited with us on Sunday at Church.
The Risinger/Bennett Reunion is, also, held each Fourth of July weekend. This year approximal 100 gathered at Antioch Church of Christ for their annual get-together-coming from far and near. Mary Risinger told me that this year was the first time that she sat down and let the younger generation get all the food on the table. She enjoyed visiting with Floy Bennett Wade while this younger crew took control. Mary related a cute story to me about her talking over with her little great grandson, a few days earlier, about what she could fix to take for the meal; he said “Grandmother, Chicken and Dumplings sounds mighty good to me”. After all that great food on Saturday, she fixed a real favorite for her kids on Sunday — Cabbage Patch Stew and Cornbread with lots of iced tea; this brought back lots of memories for this great family. Over the years this family has shared many meals. One member of the family said you never knew where you were going to eat you just kept your eye on the tea and it would lead you to the house and the table–Great memories to cherish and to share!!! This is a great family; on to be treasured as the family traits and traditions are handed down.
Sunday was a wonderful day at our church, starting with special music by Carolyn Ivey, a Children Sermon about trust – trust in family, country, and God by Bro. James for 12 kids, the adult message of a Blessed Nation, followed by a great patriotic evening service of music presented by Tim Post and a message by Dr. Alan Miller. Tim did a medley of songs in honor of our country and our God. Alan delivered a powerful message from the scripture that says “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Indeed our country has been blessed starting with a rag-tag group of colonists who determined that it was better to die than to live under tyranny. They put down their plows, closed their shops, and picked up their weapons to fight for the future of their children and grandchildren – for us. God blessed them and He continues to bless us, through our faith, with great freedoms, a Constitution drawn up by fifty-seven founders on which we base our laws, unbelievable intelligence and technology with a country that still has “In God We Trust” on our money and in our hearts. May we ever remember that “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord” as written in Proverbs to a people thousands of years ago. America continues to be the greatest nation on the face of this earth, even with its many problems, because, as a people, we put our Trust in the one and only God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Our service was followed by an “ol timey” ice cream and hot dog meal. The cutest patriot at our service, without a doubt, was Little Gabrielle Stone Harrison all decked out in a red, white and blue sundress with a white bow in her beautiful red hair. She was just precious!!!
Thought for the Day
Remember there is so such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. —Scott Adams