By Nell Dobbs
A very blessed year of 2012 to all of us! We are to walk with the Lord and talk with him and be confident that he loves us and cares for us. David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…for surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Amen!
God has been so very good and blessed us in so many ways. We’ve been touched and loved over the holidays as we’ve celebrated Jesus’ birth and the reason for the season with many activities. With much rejoicing, we give thanks for the many memories with family being together, with much family and many friends celebrating Jimmy’s and Hilda’s golden anniversary at their home on Dec. 31; for Oad playing the organ at church Sunday; and for Mark Branham joining him on trombone playing “Danny Boy” for offering; for all the music and musicians; for preacher Larry and Diane being in church and for his words of appreciation to the entire church and all who have shown love, care, support and prayers for him during his very serious illness and recovery; for the special from the choir; for preacher Hicks’ timely message; and for the one who came forward and for his needs.
We give thanks for our deacons and their ministry and pray for them. Thanks to Ronnie Ragans (and Marilyn) who blessed us with a visit, poinsettias, and prayed for us. A Christmas card came to our church saying, “To the members and friends of the First Baptist Church of Madison, thank you very much for the lovely poinsettias that was brought to my door by the McLeods last week. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. Sincerely, Jeanette Mitchell. Jeanette is truly a wonderful person and friend. She is a member of the Lee United Methodist Church, and a member of Pine Tree Quilters. She lost her husband, Eugene, this past year. Prayers for her and thanks for the note.
Prayers go to the family of Mr. Sharon Blanton, and especially for them as he is buried tomorrow. His sister Eleanor called me about him and how close they’ve always been. I told her that just recently Sue, our sister, and I were talking of their mother, Ms. Leila, as she taught us English at Pinetta and how she taught the two- And taught her Latin so they could get into nursing school. Another example of good deeds being done and living on. Sue went to Emory; Anabelle went to another school in Jacksonville.
We’ll pray for the many, many ill ones and all sad ones, for God’s will to be done in their lives and in ours as well.