Letter to the editor – Rambling with Arlene

Praise the Lord everyone.  What a mighty God we serve.  How worthy he is of all our praise.  If you are a Christian, everything about our lives and existence is wrapped up in God.  Why wouldn’t we want to worship and praise him.  He is the mighty God.  He is the one and only God.  I love him so much and praise him for all he does for my family.  I love my family, church family, and friends and even people I don’t even know.
Didn’t we have a beautiful day yesterday for Easter?  It was perfect.  A lot of my family gathered at the JW Young Park yesterday evening and had lunch and visited while the children played and hunted Easter eggs.  We were able to bring Devon down there, and it made his children so happy.  We need to take every opportunity we can to get together and visit, because you just don’t know who might not be there the next get together.  None of us are promised tomorrow.  People are passing away everyday from this life.  You don’t have to be old anymore to die.
I remember when I was a little girl, how things were so different.  Life didn’t seem to run you so hard.  My mom washed clothes on a rub-board and big washtubs.  She drew her water from the well.  She hung the clothes on the clothes line outside to dry.  She cooked on a wood stove and used it for heating the kitchen in the winter.  We brought fire wood in for her.  In the summer, she burned up it was hot in the kitchen.  Daddy worked in the fields growing cotton, corn, and the garden.  They both worked hard, but you know what, they had time for each other and for us kids.  It seems like these days no body has time for anyone else.
Used to people helped other people without holding out their hands to be paid.  They went to people’s houses when someone were sick and prayed for them.  Doctor Jesus showed up and people were healed.  I remember people beside the bed on their knees when someone was sick, praying for God to heal them, and he did.  You don’t see or hear of that anyone.  You’re blessed if you even get prayed for in church.  We take prayer request, but do we take time to pray and believe like we need to?
A lot of people are restoring antique furniture, old cars, old trucks, old houses, all sorts of things from the past.  Maybe we all need to go before the Lord and prayerfully ask him to take us back to the days when being faithful to church mattered, back to when family mattered.   Back when friends were there for you in times of need.  Your word was your honor and a hand shake sealed the deal, not a signed contract.  Time has changed so many things.
The red flags are up.  If you follow the news and you’re a Christian and understand the Bible, then you should realize there are things that are fast coming to pass, that are telling us to prepare ourselves to meet the Lord.  I believe he is coming soon.  It’s not the will of God for anyone to perish.  Just give it some thought.  If you miss heaven, you’ve missed it all.
I love you all.  I’ve got to go for now.  I hope you have a good week.  Keep God as the high light of everyday.  Glorify him in every way.  Call me at 662-724-4691 or write me at 425 West Alice Street, Noxapater, MS 39346 if I can help you or pray for you.  See you next week, Lord willing.  Remember God’s not dead, he’s alive and well.  He’s as close as the mention of his name.
Arlene Barrett