Whitesburg KY
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Mountains are God’s country

Big Cowan

Thursday, Oct. 22, my aunt Irene Day and I took a road trip to Black Bear, N.C., just outside of Asheville. The scenery was beautiful and traffic wasn’t bad. We went to the home of Dr. John and Nancy Wilson, who lived on Cowan a few years ago. Nancy and Irene have been friends for several years.

They served us lunch on the patio overlooking the lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains were above us, beautiful and breathtaking.

Their son Dudley and their daughter Susie and granddaughter Molly all stopped in for lunch. We had a really good time. We went next door to their old house, which is now a bed and breakfast, and toured it.

On our way home we stopped at a visitors’ center and watched a short film about the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was really worth watching. We got home that evening around 9 p.m. It was the first trip Irene had taken since her accident five years ago. I am sure glad she was able to make the trip and enjoy herself.

When I was a child I took the mountains for granted. Mom always called it ‘God’s country,’ and said that everyone needed to come here before going to heaven, and now I realize what she was saying. I stand in awe at God’s creation.

Sorry to hear about the death of Jeanette Day, and also the death of Judge Jim Woods.

Our sympathy goes out to their families, and to others who have lost their loved ones.

During the holidays is the worst time to lose someone. The holidays seem so void and empty. Over time it gets a little easier, but it doesn’t seem the same without them.

Halloween is just around the corner, so watch out for the little ghosts and goblins, and be careful, because so much meanness goes on that night.

All of us Christians have a duty to call our brothers and sisters when they are down, but so many of us fail to do that, and I pray that the Lord will give us a stronger desire to call them, send them a card or go visit them.

That is when they need their pastor and brothers in sisters in the Lord the most, because they get discouraged and feel like no one cares for them, and sometimes I can see where they are coming from. I have had so many people tell me this.

How are we letting our light shine? We would rather go visit strangers and uplift them than people in our own church. What’s wrong with us, and who are we trying to impress? God or man? What if it were you and I?

Please keep these people on your prayer list: Debbie and Roger Eldridge; Linda, Rick and Christy Polly; Ann and Charles Adams; Ann and Johnny Collier; Kathy, Eddie and Thomas Wolfe; our family; Margaret and Archie Fields; Arlene, Marvin, and Christ Taylor; Lisa and John Simmonds; Judy, Astor Jr., and Grant Fields; Joanne and Leroy Fields; Linda and Herb Fields; Shirley and Charles Day; Pam and Marvin Jr. Taylor; Sierra and Greg Dollarhyde; Melinda Daniel; Mike Fields.

Also remember all my friends, neighbors, and all of my relatives. Pray for those who are lost, those who are bound by drugs and alcohol.

Get someone on your heart and pray for that person until you see a change in their life.

Give your tithes and offerings, and you will be blessed. Not always with money, but in other ways.

May God bless you.

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