Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
May is anything but merry for many of us. Instead it is a hectic time of transitions, endings and beginnings. This month feels a lot like a merry-go-round that is gaining momentum with each passing day. We want it to stop so we can get off and enjoy the summer.
Methodist, my old church in
This is a
time for weddings. Dean and I are in Demopolis this weekend where I am helping
Andrea and Jesse tie the knot. Andrea, who is about to graduate from
we will journey up to Guntersville to help with a wedding on the lake as Stuart
and Laura exchange vows. Stuart, the son of our good friend Stan Rogers, has
become a splendid young businessman since growing up in
Stuart’s mom, Kay, died of cancer not long ago, but I expect her to be leaning over the banisters of heaven and celebrating with us in spirit. Stan has been blessed with a new wife, Mickey, who has brought great joy to his life.
This month I gasp a lot as I read the names of those who are graduating from high school and college. I have to pinch myself to believe that Natalie Bennett, Amanda Myers, Kevin Watts, Audrey Taylor, Tom Mitchell, Kenneth Rogers, and Brad Bodiford are finishing high school. I wish I could give each one of them a hug!
As one of the Trinity pastors I saw many wonderful children grow up. Now three of those children have graduated from college! Kelly Darnell, Robert Thomas, and Matt O’Reilly are as fine as they come. What potential to make a difference each one has!
as though it were yesterday saying goodbye to my Mama and Daddy as I left home
to begin college at
Today the Trinity church family will take truckloads of food out to the Leon Whatley farm in Beauregard for the traditional Galilean Picnic. The occasion will be tinged with sadness for many.
Missing will be both Leon and Emily, two of the dearest people I have ever known. What great hosts they were for this annual gathering! How I miss their smiles and kind embrace! One of my fondest memories is visiting this dear couple in their home and sharing the warmth of their gracious friendship.
May – the month of endings and beginnings. A time for fresh starts and new adventures. Helen Keller said it best: “If life is not an adventure, it is nothing!” Now is a good time for old codgers like me to wish the young well. To each one I humbly offer this advice:
“Go with God and enjoy life as an adventure. Find something to do that makes you come alive, and do it with all your heart. Drink deeply from life’s fountain of joy and peace. Enjoy each day as a precious gift of God, for there are fewer of them remaining than you can possibly imagine now!
“Sprinkle each day with laughter. Be faithful to your family and friends. Learn from your heartaches, and when you fall down, ask for grace to get up and go again. Refuse to whine or complain; enjoy the journey. You may not realize it now, but you are actually going home, and one of God’s names is Home.” + + + +