Celebrating special 90th birthday tomorrow
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I failed to mention the 9/11 twentieth anniversary last week. I remember when it happened, and it still seems like a scene from a bad movie. Each year as they call the names and show clips from that day it brings tears to my eyes.
I saw where someone had stated they wish they could go back to 9/12. I thought at first it was an error and they meant 9/10, but after reading the rest of the post they did mean 9/12. Why? Because our country was more united that day than they had been in a long time or even since. People weren’t thinking about race, color, religion, or age, but how God was needed to support and protect us from these terrorists. I believe our country is more divided than it’s been in a long time. I pray not only for our national and state leaders, but for every American!
Union Baptist Church has revival starting this Sunday, September 19, at 5 p.m. They will have services Sept. 20–22 beginning at 7 p.m. The evangelist is Bro. Phil Willingham with a special singer each night. The Myers/Mallory special mission offering has been this past week, Sept.12–19. Monies from this offering go to help support Alabama WMU, Church Planting, Partnership Missions, Church Revitalization, and the Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief. If you’ve seen the “yellow shirt army” working in Louisiana since the hurricane, that’s the Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief workers.
Continue to pray for those that are affected by COVID-19, either they have it, a family member has it or even they have suffered a death in their family from it. Every day I hear of someone I know or in their family that has been diagnosed or died from this.
My mama, Dean Hilyer, AKA Grandgirl, turned 90 on September 14. I am so thankful and blessed to still have her, as many of my friends have lost their mothers. We are celebrating her birthday this Saturday, September 18, at Providence Baptist Church from 2 to 4. We have just asked for cards and to come by and wish her a happy birthday.
My devotions this past week were about encouragement. One of them, Lamentations 3:22-23 reads, “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” These verses give us the encouragement we need as we encounter daily trials.
Every morning when we awake, God has given us a new and amazing day. Sometimes, however, we don’t take the time to thank God that we were able to wake up this morning and to watch over us during the day. I know there are days that I get out of bed and get started on my day without thanking God. But I usually do take the time to say a morning prayer thanking Him for allowing me another day on this earth and asking for His love and protection for me. It seems those days I “forget or don’t take the time” don’t go as well for me.
Continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community and to those that have lost loved ones. But we also need to look around us and see what we can do to help those that are in need, not just by prayers. God knows their names and needs, but we as Christians should know them, also. So many times, we respond to needs by saying, “I’ll pray for you.” However, they need more than just a prayer; they need our help to change the situation.
Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.