Gloria Ford: No matter how dark the night or overcast the skies, the sun will shine again

  • Friday, February 15, 2013

“For the kingdom is the Lord’s and he is the governor among the nations.”
Psalm 22:28

Hopefully you have enjoyed the rain as we were in need of it.  I know that you couldn’t help but notice that the sun peeked through the clouds for certain periods during the rain.  
That took my mind back to Sunday School days when we were taught about the rainbow as God’s promise to never destroy the world again by flood.  
That took my mind back to believing that God always keeps his promises.  
No matter how dark the night or overcast the skies, the sun will shine again.  Sometimes we are given a test to see how well we can stand.  
Sometimes we through our own faults have to learn a particular lesson; whatever the reason may be, you can always give it to God and trust in his promises.  God always keeps his promises.

God’s Trombones

I spoke with Donald Gilliard, early Wednesday morning.  Donald is excited about his upcoming  production of God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse,  on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church, 159 Johnson Road.  Donald has produced this outstanding musical for over 30 years.  He believes this work of James Weldon Johnson is one of the most powerful literary works in American History.  
James Weldon Johnson is widely known as the composer of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” better known today as the Negro National Anthem.  In 1927 while serving as National Secretary of the NAACP, he wrote God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse and the collection of verse marks his last significant creative endeavor.  
He died on June 26, 1938 near his summer home in Wiscasset, Maine, when the car in which he was driving was struck by a train.  His funeral in Harlem was attended by more than 2,000 people.

In this work that pays tribute to the old Negro preacher, Donald wants to use it to pay tribute to the late Angie Arthur, Edith Jackson, and Melvira Johnson, three members of Lighthouse that lost their lives in a tragic accident, and to the lone survivor, Deacon John Arthur, husband of Angie Arthur, and to the families of these cherished persons.  He is working with the pastor, Bishop Dr. Floyd A. Knowlin and the Lighthouse congregation to bring about monetary help to meet some of the desperate needs of family members.  Edith Jackson was the major financial provider and caretaker for two wonderful grandchildren who are missing their grandmother.  The Arthur family struggles as their father recovers from life-threatening injuries. These are just two of the stories that reveal the emotional and financial loss.

We want every pew in the  Lighthouse to be filled on Saturday, Feb 23, at 6 p.m. as seven local preachers expound on the messages. Tickets are only $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The doors will open at 5 p.m.  For more information you may call the church at 843-527-4166, or Marilyn Hemingway, events communications, at 843-734-834-2114 or 843-240-2114, or Donald Gilliard at 843-240-0432. You can also make donations by calling those numbers. Tickets are available at Blair’s House of Beauty, Aunny’s Restaurant, and other locations you may find out by calling the church.

Essie Greene

Essie Greene wants people to be uplifted, hopeful, encouraged and inspired by her new book, “Be Blessed”.  The book is published by Xulon Press and is not on shelves yet, but you can go to XulonPress.com or Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com to get your copy.
The book can also be downloaded.  It is a book of poems inspired by Mrs. Greene’s love for poetry since she was a little girl.  She says she is now 74 and never thought of putting her poems in a book, but she was encouraged by others and she wants people to be blessed, and possibly saved by reading her book.  She is a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and Rev. Justin Gamble is her pastor. We wish her much success in her publishing endeavor.

Rochester, NY trip

Praise Tabernacle Church of Kingstree is chartering a bus to Rochester, NY that will depart Kingstree, April 4, and will return April 8.  The cost of the trip is $125 per seat. If you are interested in going please contact the pastor, Elder Craig Kegler at 843-712-0693.

Gas pumps and cell phones

One day I was at the gas pump when the young lady across from me was also pumping gas, but constantly engaged in a cell phone conversation.  
I excused myself from interrupting her conversation and told her that I was told it was not safe to talk on the cell phone while pumping gas.  
She looked up at me and said with a smirk, “Why? Is it going to blow up or something?
Just the other day I received an email from a friend with a forwarded message concerning the Shell Oil Company and their warnings about using cell phones at the pump.
I wanted to write what was true, so I called the main switchboard for all Shell companies and I was told that Shell did send out an email concerning their pumps and safety and the shell company does advise to (1) Turn off your engine (2) Don’t smoke (3) Don’t use your cell phone. Leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off (4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling.  There were several instances given in the email of fires and explosions caused by using cell phones at the gas pumps.  Again, the young lady made it clear that Shell has issued this concerning their pump and customers. I personally will not use a cell phone at a gas tank even while I am inside the car.  My mother always said that it is better to be safe than sorry.

I hope you had a Happy belated Valentine’s Day, and that love is shed abroad in your hearts every day of the year.  
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the homeless, the hungry, the naked, those who have no families, government workers, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families, and for each other.  May God bless you to be peaceful in all situations and guide you daily in your tasks.

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