Thankful for gift of life
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Little Landen Pike just recently turned 3 years old.
I thank God for the gift of life, for it is through His power that I am able to rise and see another day.
Many of our loved ones have gone on and didn’t see this day. Last Tuesday my brother-in-love (law) Dino was laid to rest. His home-going service was very warm, like he was. Dino was an easygoing fellow despite the hard goings he faced in life. However, he has a new life, and nothing is hard for him anymore.
Minister Donnie Pritchard said in his eulogy that Dino is resting in peace. Minister Pritchard has known Dino all his life, but one thing he didn’t know, he and Dino shared the same names, but all he knew was Dino. He said Dino was a wonderful person and that name stayed with him because Dino is a wonderful nickname.
The preacher spoke well of Dino and his family. It was a short sweet service. We will miss Dino. The family thanks everyone for their prayers and every act of kindness.
So many of my loved ones are leaving so fast; it makes me want to ask God to give me just a little more time. There is a song titled “Give me Just a Little More Time,” and my classmate/cousin Deacon James Kendrick loved to hear and sing that song, and on Saturday New Style Baptist Church along with “The Traveling Harrells” sang that song so well, led by Mr. Duke Harrell, and he tore that song to pieces in a very godly way.
The crowd was touched tremendously. I was for sure. I loved to hear James sing the song. He had a certain way he sang it.
James’ home-going was one to remember always. He will not be forgotten. James held many gifts, and he used them for the glory of God. His pastor, Michael Arnold, who has known James for a short time, spoke very highly of James. He said it doesn’t take long to know a real person, and James was real, with no phony bones in him; if he said it, he meant it. The deacon of the church, which James was a great assessment to, spoke very real and highly of Deacon James Kendrick. It was a great home-going for James.
Little Landen Pike, who just turned 3,is fully potty trained, but he has some issues with standing like boys and men do when they urinate. His parents, Chan and Kim, want him to stand instead of sitting when he does, so they encourage him to watch his dad when he goes so he can get used to it. Landen watched his dad one day stand and use it. He said to them, “That is cool, but I’d rather not.”
He is getting a little better they thought. However, the other night they tried for him to go, and he didn’t want to. He ran and hid. He went behind the curtain in the living room and urinated. He took off running to the bathroom yelling, “I am melting!” They have no idea where he got that from.
Landen is a miracle baby. It took him a while to arrive, but when he did, he has been running ever since. He will not eat until he says his prayers and won’t let anyone else. If they start to eat and haven’t said their blessings he stops them and says, “Oh no, let’s pray.” He loves to read Christian books and other books, too.
Landen is our little boy. We claim him because he is our great-nephew. His mom, Kim, is Butch’s niece, and we love them so much!
Happy birthday to niece Thelma Hill and Lee Cousin, both on the same day, August 23; and to all August babies.
We are continually praying for our country and our president.
Thank you, Buzzy, for the compliment of Rockford Church of God’s and the town’s Water Day event. I hope it will make a difference for the community and all churches.
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
“God’s Word brings our thoughts about God and the world back into submission to what is right and true.”
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