Letters to the editor

A thief

To the person who found my wife’s wallet:

I assume my wife lost her wallet outside of Dr. Mark Donald’s office.  When you found it, you could have taken it into Dr. Donald’s office. The receptionist would have recognized my wife as a patient and would have contacted us.  Instead you tried to use my wife’s credit card at a convenience store.

Some day you will die and you will give an account of your life before a Judge who will accept no excuses. I urge you to repent of your sins and begin to live for God instead of for yourself.

Ted Holt

 

Rambling with Mrs. Arlene

Praise the Lord everyone.  Can you believe the first month of the year is gone and we are in the end of February?  Time is going by fast.  Have you taken notice of this weather?  It should be really cold, but it is not.  Trees are budding out and leaves are coming on them.  The Bible says that the end of time, you wouldn’t be able to tell one season from another.  Still with all the signs going on all around us, people are turning a deaf ear to the call of God to enter in and be saved.  Let me plead with you to hear what the word of God says.  If you don’t have a church, I hope you will find one.  God is so good, and he loves us all so much.  He has a lot of good things in store for those who are filled with his spirit, so when the trumpet blows you’ll have the power of God living in you to be lifted up in the air to live with him forever.  I am determined to do more this year than I ever have before to win souls for Christ.

The whole month of December, I fought depression.  I smiled a lot and laughed so no one would know.  I did not want to face Christmas without Devon.  I couldn’t let myself put out any decorations.  Beth put up my tree, my angels, and nativity set.  I was so filled with anger.  I really thought God has shown me that he was going to heal Devon and let him come out of the nursing home and walk the street and shake hands with people as a witness to God’s healing power.  My sweet husband has a hard time because he misses Devon so much.  It hurts me so to see him hurt so bad.  But now I understand that God did heal Devon, but not the way we wanted him to.  Devon is healed now and at peace now in heaven with his Lord and savior.

Around the last day or so of January, we had an opportunity to go to a birthday party for my cousin.  It was at the Oak Grove Baptist Church.  Their pastor’s name is Reverend Caudill.  He’s a young man, and he has a very talented family.  His wife sings and they have 4 or 5 boys that all sing and play a musical instrument.  They sung two songs for me and then the oldest boy played and sang one that he wrote.  I felt a real peace come over me for the first time since Devon passed away.

After they put the instruments up, Bro. Caudill got a chair and came over and sat down by us.  He began to talk to me.  Keep in mind that God knows what we need and if we are faithful, he’ll be faithful to be there in our time of need.  Bro. Caudill began to talk to me about how good God is and how he is faithful to hear and answer prayer.  He was looking me straight in the eyes and before I knew it, I was telling him about how angry I’d been and how depressed I was.  I began to cry.  Thank goodness most people had left and the others were cleaning up.  He said it was all right to be angry for a season, but I needed to understand that God did heal Devon, just not like we wanted him to.  He said it was okay to be sad that God knew how much we missed Devon and it wasn’t easy to deal with.  He said God understood my anger and knew how depressed and tired I was.  Then he mentioned the Rambling article.  He told me he really enjoyed reading it.  I admitted it hadn’t been in the paper very much lately.  He said that was okay because God knew we needed a little time to chill out and rest.  He said that he felt to tell me that when the time was right and God felt that I was ready that the words would flow through my pen again to the paper and it would be deeper and touch more lives than it ever had before.  I left there feeling much better than when I went there.  God is an awesome God.  He always knows what we need and he comes to us through others in our times of need just when it seems like all is lost.

If you are reading this, let me say this to you.  Don’t ever give up.  Keep on walking.  Keep on believing and keep on praying.  Be faithful to God and he will be faithful to be there for you.  Like the song says, “he may not come when you want him, but he’ll be there right on time.”  May God bless you all.  Pray for me that God will speak to you all through these articles and to me also.  That God will use these articles more than he ever has.  It’s not my article.  It belongs to God and to everyone who reads it.  I love all of you.  God bless is my prayer.   My address has now been changed to 40 West Alice Street, Noxapater, MS 39346-9415.  Please call me at 662-724-4691 or write to me at the new address if I can pray for you or help.

Arlene Barrett

 

What did you dream?

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Psm 23:4. Although Rosa Parks sat on the bus in Montgomery, December 21, 1956 there was still great fear. Her mind was made up, that diminishes fear, knowing what must be done does away with fear. She was tired of being pushed around. She was tired of seeing the bad treatment and disrespect of children, women, and men, just because of the color of the skin. Tired of Jim Crow law. Tired of being oppressed.

We as a black people are not as fearful; or divided as people may think. Love, not fear, must be our guide.

In these days many people are feeling a different type of fear that is hard to break free of. There are many new things to be afraid of that were not as common in the earlier days. We should not let fear overcome us. We must remain strong. Violence and crime seem so much more prevalent. It is easy to say that we have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Many of our children are going astray. In Matthew 20:16 tells us so the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. In defiance Dr. King said, “If you will protest courageously and yet with dignity and Christian love, when history books are written in the future generation, the historians will have to pause and say there lived a great people- a black people- who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization. These words are still guiding many of us as we face the trials and tribulation of fighting for our rights.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement. John 7:24. The civil rights movement was closely tied to the Church. It’s fight against injustice. The Church was the only legal place our people could gather and get information without being harassed or unjustly treated. The Church became our strength, our refuge, and our haven. We could pray, sing, and meet in the church. We used scriptures, testimonies, and hymns to strengthen us against all the hatred and violence going on around us. The black churches worked in the struggle to overcome racial discrimination. They identified with the Exodus in the Old Testament, and God’s concern for freeing His people. What did you dream? There is work to be done. Although we have come a long way, racism is still alive. Dearborn in 1985 was not in Montgomery in 1955. However, the same kind of protest tactics were effective. It is commendable if a person bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he or she is conscious of God. 1 Peter 2:19. Young people need to be taught to respect and care for their elders. Despite the violence and crime in our society, we should not let fear overwhelm. We must remain strong. We can overcome. We as a race of people should learn to work together. The Montgomery boycott became the model for human rights throughout the world. We must learn from the past. Blacks must again realize that it takes cooperation and determination to make progress in our struggle toward equality. Today, in many ways we are divided. No one can fight for justice alone. The fight for equal rights must go on until we have the same privileges and opportunities of those who are in power. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character. Ruth 3:11. What did you dream?

If you want to be respected for your actions, then your behavior must be above reproach. We should stand up for our rights, just as the children of Israel stood up to Pharaoh. There is a need for us to become sick of accepting about the kind of changes that will cause the world to stand up and take notice. We must be committed. There is some much work that needs to be done. “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech but cannot be condemned so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8. Dr. King was truly a role model. In order for you to stand you must have faith in God, and what you are doing. Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord is everlasting strength. Isa 26:4. The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The message from this scripture does not fade with time. Yes, not his journey we may become discouraged, but we should always remember that the Lord is our shepherd. We shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth us beside the still waters. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil, for thou art with me thou rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, thou anoinest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

We must teach our children to prepare for the future- how to set goals for their lives. We must do more to inspire, train, and motivate them. They need effective role models to help them develop strength of character. They should be taught to understand the difference between knowledge, feeling, and behavior. Treating all youth with love and respect, setting good examples for them, supporting social behavior and corrective negative behavior. Helping all young people to love one another as persons and to respect and care about one another. Teaching values by using the rich content of history; literature; and the Bible. Showing young people how to develop the ability to work hard and to do the best that they can do. Encouraging youth to work together so they can see the value of cooperating with others for a common good. Guiding young people in experiences that show them how to solve problems without conflict and force.

Providing opportunities for youth to perform school, home, and community services. Where do we go from here? We must exercise self control, nurture your spiritual life. Stay away from drugs and alcohol in order to keep your mind free.

Where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18. Back in the days of segregation we did not have any of what they called “Civil Rights” all we could do was try to survive from one day to the next. Today, we have a modern “Civil Right” movement. We must keep it alive. It is important that we have made progress we have have made in the last forty years. Things have gotten better, but our freedom is threatened every time one of our young people is killed by another child, every time an elderly person is violated in his or her home, every time a person gets stopped and beaten by the police because of the color of their skin. Until these wrongs and others are death with the movement must live on. What did you dream? Dr. King dreamed there will come a day when we would have true freedom, a day when people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. A day when we can get along regardless of our race. This was not just a dream. It is alive within the ability of us all. There is only one world and yet we as a people have treated the world as if it were divided. We cannot allow the gains we have made to erode. Although we have a long way to go I do believe that we can achieve Dr. King’s dream of a better world. I can see a world where children do not learn hatred in their homes. I can see a world where mothers and fathers have the last and most important word. I can see a world in which one respect the rights of one’s neighbors. I can see a world in which one respects the rights of one’s neighbors. I can see a world in which all adults protect the innocence of children. I can see a world in which people do not call each other names based on skin color. I can see a world in which people of all races and all religion work together to improve the quality of life for everyone. If we look to God and work together then others will see this world too and help to make it a reality.

Rev. Lorene R. Guyse

P.O. Box 241

Louisville, MS 39339

In memory of my husband Rev. C.L. Guyse who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on March 7, 1965 in Selma, AL.