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GRACIE WALTERS MAGGARD

GRACIE WALTERS MAGGARD

Mom and I are very thankful to God for all this pretty weather. I’m sure there are lots of children happy about it, too. They are going to be home now even longer than was first anticipated, so every day they can get out of the house a little bit will be helpful.

I’ll start last week’s birthdays with my sister Charlene Tacket Mason’s granddaughter. Chesnee Kruz Mason turned a big 10 years old on March 24 and like everybody else that has celebrated their birthday since all this crazy virus stuff started, she had to have her cake at home with only her family. I wrote about my brother’s birthday last week, and for many years now our family has been getting together sometime in March to celebrate all our birthdays. Since this couldn’t happen this year because of the virus, we all got together on our chat board Wednesday evening. It was different to say the least, but it was better than nothing.

Edwena Stallard Sexton celebrated her birthday on the 25th. Then there’s Gracie Walters Maggard and one of my second cousins Anita Adams that both celebrated on the 26th. Greta Boggs Howard had a birthday on the 27th and Debby Adams, a neighbor and cousin-in-law, had another birthday on the 29th. One of our young brothers at Letcher Independent Baptist, Justin Rice, celebrated his birthday on the 30th.

A family birthday party was celebrated March 25 on the Internet.

A family birthday party was celebrated March 25 on the Internet.

I just wonder how many of you all have thought about how hard it was for pastors to close the doors of the actual buildings the church meets in and find other means of holding services. So many of our local pastors are struggling like crazy right now because they can’t actually see their church members. As I have watched many pastors that I know every Sunday and Wednesday on the Internet give their messages, I’ve wondered how they feel preaching to a camera or empty seats.

Our pastor does his recordings from home but others I’ve seen are in the church buildings. Some are very uncomfortable with this type of broadcasting. One of these is Millstone Missionary Baptist’s pastor, Preacher Bill Craft. Last Sunday he said he wasn’t a movie star and he didn’t feel like that was what God called him to do. So, last Sunday was supposed to be his last message over social media. I think now though he has changed his mind because of all the response his granddaughter’s post on Facebook received. Someone even accepted Jesus as their Savior after watching his Sunday morning service.

ANITA ADAMS

ANITA ADAMS

So, not only do we need to be praying for our nation right now, but also all the pastors of churches everywhere that are struggling with decisions having to be made and new ways of getting God’s word out to the world.

Everybody has been asking about our sister’s recuperation from her open-heart surgery. Delores Tacket Holbrook went back to Pikeville Medical Center today for the followup tests and will go back Wednesday to find out the results. I don’t understand why they made her make two trips out of this, but I guess they know what they are doing more than we do. She is still getting out of breath very easily, but other than that seems okay.

JUSTIN and SAMANTHA OAKS RICE

JUSTIN and SAMANTHA OAKS RICE

Please continue to pray for Sonny and Faye Martin’s son-in-law, Toby Ratliff. He is home now, but has some major health issues dealing with his lungs and his heart. Also, keep Laney Webb in your prayers as she deals with Flu B on top of all her other health issues. I received another prayer request from one of my friends and co-workers at Martha Jane Potter Elementary. Tabitha Back has been having problems with strokes, so keep her in your prayers, too.

As the world goes through this pandemic we should be very grateful for all the health care workers who are risking their lives on a daily basis to take care of all those infected. There are also many others, from those that are working with the school system to those that are bringing supplies into the stores. Just think, some of us only have to stay home and take care of ourselves and our families. They are taking care of everybody so we can stay home. Our family is very thankful for all you all are doing.

I am so very thankful we live where we do. We have gone to Fishpond Lake a few times early in the mornings and have seen an eagle, a herd of deer, and many different species of ducks and geese. There are lots of different places in the county you can go and enjoy getting outside for awhile. Please, people, just listen to the experts and know you need to heed the social distancing recommendations no matter where you are.

Please keep those in mind that have lost loved ones recently. Some of these haven’t been able to even have funerals for their loved ones. Also, remember our pastor, Bill Jones, and his family as now all the court proceedings will be delayed once again.

Try to listen to some type of social media this Sunday. There’s lots on TV, but I like to listen to ones I know because I know they are sincere in their work for God.

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