By Nell Dobbs
God’s love is amazing and unending. “Morning by morning new mercies I see.” And morning by morning, we ask to be led to someone in need.
Preacher Law’s message was about the answer to the question, “Well, then, who is my neighbor?” Jesus told about the Good Samaritan who saw a need and met that need when two others (religious leaders) passed by on the other side, saw the need, failed to meet the need.
Sad, one of Mother’s favorite songs was “Others” (though she never sang) – the chorus: “Others, Lord, yes, others, Let this my motto be, Help me to live for others, that I may live like Thee.”
Hard to believe that even in our area there are those who only have one meal a day. May God help us who love Him find them and feed them and since Jesus said that’s how we serve Him – while being aware Jesus said we’d have the poor with us always. Imagine 40 days with no water, no food! We are to feed on God’s Word.
There are many other hurts in the world – those with one parent; those with no parents; those in bondage of any kind – evil leaders, evil doers; those in jails and prisons with no hopes of ever getting out – just think of being in isolation 23 hours a day, alone in the dark. Jesus said He was in prison and no one visited Him. Bless all who minister in this area.
What great music we have! Worship Choir sang a new “At the Cross” with Willa Branham reading the touching words, “I know You love me.”
Billy Washington gave the offertory prayer.
Our class shared concern for Jimmy and Princess Roebuck and Teresa and pray for strength and healing and wisdom. There are others in sad situations who need prayer, love, support from those who love the Lord and then.
How blessed our whole church is for the family of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ragans – for them and all theirs down to the third and fourth generations. Beautiful flowers were played in memory of Mr. Ragans and in honor of Caleb’s birthday on the 15th by Paula and Tim Ginn. Continued blessings in all their family every days in all their needs.
It’s strange how things come about – talking about donkeys. Sunday night, Frances (Copeland) called and in talking, she said they’d been to see her mother, Mrs. Stewart (now 100) and the donkey they’d gotten her (named Gabriel) and how exciting that was. When we go to our brother Jimmie’s and Bonnie’s in Tennessee to make apple butter in October, we hear their neighbor’s donkey braying. Jimmy (Dixon) will bray so the donkey will keep braying. Our sister Nancy’s (gone since 1993) oldest, Teddy Lee, lives in Texas and he wanted to come to their land down from us and plant to make hay for the donkey someone gave his wife, Babbie and the baby colt, but after figuring the cost (about $20,000) and time he bought a truck, traxtor, gas, etc., they’d just buy hay out there at a great cost.
Then there’s the story of the donkey who got mad at the man riding him and asked why he was being beaten cause there was an angel in the road.
We think of Mary riding to Bethlehem. We think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on one. Hilda helped me find other references and she also said donkeys are kept in our area to keep coyotes away from farm animals. They can be stubborn!
Many are sad. Many are ill! And all of us stand in the need of prayer.
From “Guide Me, O, Thou Great Jehovah, verse 3: “
When I tread thee verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Bear me thru the swelling current, Lead me safe to Jordan’s side; Songs of praises I will give to thee…”