Do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

God’s Creation Charlean Bennett as she emerges from the helicopter to meet her groom, Leon Willis.

“Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.”

Psalm 25:8

Hopefully you have enjoyed a wonderful week, along with the beginning of April showers. You know the old saying: “April showers bring May flowers.” The flowers are already in blooming, vibrant colors, especially the Wisteria and Azaleas.

When I was in elementary school we would draw pictures of giant umbrellas floating in space with big raindrops all around, and then we would draw green grass below with tulips protruding at intervals. It was around this time, also, that we could smell the yellow honeysuckle flowers as we walked to school to the tunes of birds’ songs. April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It has a length of 30 days. The derivation of the name is uncertain, but the Romans gave the month the Latin name Aprilis. It is from the verb aperire meaning “to open” in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open.” Some holidays and events in April include Autism Awareness Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, National Poetry Month, Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Confederate History Month, National Arab American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April Fool’s Day, and Passover, a Jewish holiday, Good Friday (Christians), Easter or Resurrection Day, Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day, usually the fourth Thursday, and many others. The birthstone for April is the diamond, and the birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy or Sweet Pea.

I hope you continue to enjoy this wonderful month, but if you have not been yourself since the month came in, or someone in your family is sick, or you have other cares or burdens that keep you from enjoying April’s days; then I pray that God will minister to you and your loved ones, and will lighten your burdens, and will provide for you above and beyond that which you could even imagine or expect. Let us make our boast in the Lord. I promise that He will come to your rescue.

You are invited to Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community on Saturday evening, April 19 at 6 p.m. to be entertained by the musical department of the church, along with church mother, Mrs. Ila Myers who at 93 years old will lead the processional. If you travel from Georgetown, an easy way to reach the church is go to the second red light in Andrews and turn right, which will put you on Highway 41. Travel Highway 41 across two bridges, and at the end of the second bridge there will be a CITGO gas station on the left; turn left beside the station onto Highway 527, which is also the Thurgood Marshal Highway; travel straight about 3 miles and Mt. Zion will be located on the right. It’s the brick church with the red top. I will be the director for the evening; Mrs. Myra Wiggins, producer, and Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., is the pastor.

Dr. Evelyn Murray Drayton will be the speaker on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. April 19, at Mt. Carmel MB Church for their first annual prayer breakfast. Rev. James Carraway is the pastor.

Congratulations go out to Mr. and Mrs. Charlean and Leon Willis on their beautiful wedding on last Saturday. The wedding took place in a spacious and gorgeous yard setting at 109 North Farr Ave. in Andrews, and was officiated by Apostle Lillie Nesmith and Reverends Herman Jr, and Gloria Ford. The decorations were by Misses Lisa Grate and Tamika Williams. Mr. Jernard Chandler sang “So High” as the wedding processed, and the highlight of the day was the entrance of the bride, as a waiting helicopter hovered above and on cue landed to let the glowing bride emerge. It was quite a unique entrance. After the ceremony the couple poured the unity sand signifying their love for each other.. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland and Ollie Bennett, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon and Dorothy Willis Sr. May God continue to shower them with His blessings.

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealers showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him he wanted it. On the morning of his graduation, his father called him to his private study, told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him. He handed him a beautifully wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovey, leather-bound Bible, with his name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” He stormed out of the house leaving the Bible behind. Many years passed and the young man was successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a lovely family, but he realized that his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him, for he had not seen him since that graduation day. But before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and had willed all of his possessions to him. When he arrived at his father’s house, great sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important documents and saw the Bible, new, just as he had left it some years ago. With tears he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined Matthew 7:11”And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?” As he read the words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...paid in full. I don’t know about you, but that brought tears to my eyes. How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected, or how many times are we more concerned with self and material blessings than we are about our sisters and brothers?.

I’d like to thank my E-mail buddy, Mrs. Harold Jean Brown for sending that to my box.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the homeless and hungry, the depressed and poverty ridden, those students attending proms, sinners in need of salvation, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq, and for each other. May God bless and keep you until we meet again.


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