November 10, 2011
We desperately need rain in our area. This morning I was taking an early walk and stepped over to look at Cush lake – the pond that use to be adjacent to our church – and there was not one drop of water in it; it is just a big, dry hole. This has been a pond, and a big pond, as long as I can remember. A pond where people could paddle around in a small boat, the children could fish, and it was even used for baptisms – heartbreaking! The scripture in 2 Chron. 7:14 came to me as I looked: “If my people, which are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” If there was ever a time that we need to follow God’s instructions and claim His promise, this is it. Please remember to pray for rain. Perhaps God expects us to do this collectively as well as individually.
Floy and Billy Rea attended a fish fry on Saturday at Lake D’Arbonne, hosted by Lawrence and Joyce Hanry. Others that attended were former classmates from Summerfield High School in the early ’50’s. Lots of stories were told of shared experiences as these classmates renewed their friendship and many cherished memories.
Last Monday night our church celebrated Halloween by gathering at the church parking lot with open trunks chocked full of all kinds of goodies. It’s hard to get a count of just how many “ghosts, goblins, brides, pirates, and such” that came, but it was a bunch; we even had a pink elephant – out youngest Church Baby, Gabrielle Stone Harrison. All the kids were so cute and the adults had almost as much fun as they did. Afterwards, there was a soup and chili supper for all that chose to attend – oodles of food and it was so good on this chilly night. A special thanks goes out to everyone that made this night such a success.
If you pass by the Little Yellow House this week, you will notice the beautiful brickwork – a long bench on the north side and entrance columns on Hwy. 15 – that is being donated by Troy and Eleanor Culp with Phillip Cox laying the brick. Barbara and Karen Risinger are already planning the landscaping, using hardy plants that need little care. If you have anything in your yard that fits this category, let them know; the more plants we can shar, the less that will have to be bought (money is always short) and the prettier it will be.
Did you watch the LSU and Alabama game on Saturday night? If you are a true fan, that was enough to cause cardiac arrest. LSU pulled it out at the very end with that successful kick and they are Top Dog just like we always knew and so do lots of others across this nation. Congratulations to the team and to all the many avid fans who faithfully support them.
Tommy Bennett is to have surgery, in Monroe, this week. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers. Joan Smith is still in Arbor Lake Rehab; remember her as well.
Thought for the Day
God never promises days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; however, He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the day. Laughter is the broom that sweeps our tears away.
Barbara Walton is a resident of Spearsville and has had a column in the Bernice Banner for several years. She writes about the People and Happenings of Spearsville.