By Nell Dobbs
How blessed indeed we are for Sunday School and church, and being able to gather, study His word, sing praises to Him, bring the tithes and offerings, hear touching offertory prayer by Justin Davis, and to see the beautiful flowers placed by Mark and Jennifer Browning, and the worship choir special, “My Life Is In Your Hands.”
Our guest speaker was Dr. Mike Miller, who is our Director of Missions of the Middle Florida Baptist Association. The title of his message was, “Winter Is Coming,” which brought to my mind the Easter message, “Friday Is Coming.” Paul was writing to Timothy about the most important things in life..living a pleasing life to God; praying for the lost; praying for the young (because 80 percent of the people who are saved accepts Christ by the age of 13); praying for our families; and praying not to miss an opportunity to tell about Jesus’ love and forgiveness.
In the Spring of 1952, I interned in sixth grade with Louise Watson here in Madison, and then began teaching sixth grade in Raiford. Daddy’s sister, Aunt Edith Summers of Providence, told me of the opening and Shep Thomas, Superintendent hired me. The strange thing is almost 60 years have gone by and I was writing Marjell’s neice, Barbara Yarbrough Roberts, who was in that sixth grade class. I did not meet Marjell for a good while. The saying was girls went to teach in Raiford and found husbands and Carlena Grambling found Lacy Cason, Myrtle Lee Leslie Grambling found Drew Sweat, Dorothy Horne wanted to marry Marjell, but I did. I believe there were others.
The same afternoon Kathleen Pinkard Kinsey called me. She was going through a box of treasures and found a picture of her class in 1952 with Louise Watson and a letter I had wrote her on September 19 telling her I was teaching sixth grade in Raiford with 19 students. She’s going to sendme the pictures to have it enlarged so we can tell who was in that class.
Not long ago I’d written about Daddy’s youngest sister, Aunt Helen Fligh, writing Thinking Better Of God. Then I found it strange to read in Madison County, Florida Volume I, edited by Elmer Spear, about her husband Uncle Moses Aaron Fligh, born in Homs, Syria, October 3, 1938, who married Aunt Helen Oct. 6, 1937, and lived in Jacksonville and owned and operated a grocery store. They had children. He died February 13, 1955 and was loved by all us nieces and nephews.
There are so very many ill ones: Willa Branham’s dad, Mr. Johnson in South Georgia Medical Center; Terry Rykard’s mother, Rosie Leggett; Tommy Greene; Ruby Moyer; Sara Dene’s mother-in-law, Lillian Gwin; Marjell’s nephew, E.R. Crumps; Charlie Wynn; and Iduma Smith; W.C. Copeland; and Sue Downing.
I Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approvedunto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.”