Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Psalm 122:1

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."

This past weekend I was blessed to be able to attend Five Mile PB's annual meeting in Akron, AL. The people and place there hold a special spot in my heart. Elder D. Pyles from Jackson, MS, was the invited minister.

My mouth dropped as Elder Pyles began his sermon Friday night. His sermon was going to be "What happened to the nation Israel?" He said that first, though, he must define Israel as the Apostle Paul defined it in Romans 9. I was very excited for this reason: Elder Pyles preached at my church's annual meeting in April, and on Saturday night, he, Elder L. Mozingo Jr., my dad, and others, were discussing this point. I came in half-way through the conversation, and I never quite grasped what Elder Pyles was saying. Elder Pyles was richly blessed to elaborate on Romans 9 and 10 over the course of the weekend, and I greatly rejoiced.

We spent Friday night with some wonderful cousins of mine. When I and my siblings were around the ages of 4, 6, and 8, these same cousins used to stay with us, who at that time were the same age as us now. Now, we are staying with them and their children, who are 2, 4 or 5, and 6 or 7. (I can't remember their exact ages.) Table of Stone, Elyow'eynay, my brother, Eugene, and Eugene's brother discussed how old we would be when my younger cousins turn 16. We will be in our thirties, and Lord-willing, with children and husbands of our own. We giggled in the fact that one day they might be staying with us. "Let the circle be unbroken..." :-)

Sunday I was able to visit another dear church in Tremont, MS. There you will find some of the sweetest people on the earth. I have some very fond memories of visiting there one Sunday a month when I was younger. I particularly remember being told by my mother, "Do not get off this blanket, or you'll get a whipping!" Before there were pews, there were theater seats, and since my dearest mother was afraid we would fall into the seats and get stuck or pinch ourselves, she put us on blankets in the aisle. I also remember how cold the toilet seats were in the outhouse during winter, before the bathrooms were built onto the church. :-)

So, basically, I just wanted to share what a blessed weekend it was. I am so thankful for times such as these when we can "leave the world", and enter a place of worship, fellowship, and encouragement.


Elyow'eynay said...

I love church meetings. I would have to say that Five Mile is like my second favorite. Just becuase I know a lot of those people down there and I feel the same love there that I feel at my home church. Its funny too becuase I am not really related to anyone down there, but nearly everyone there knows me because their families and my family have been in association with each other for generations. I love it! And I had to get up and lead singing 2 times during that meeting. The first time I was soo nervous, but then the second time I realized that these people are all my friends. i've known them for a long time so it was just like leading in front of family. Such a great time. And I loved thinking about the future. About where we will all be some day in about 10 years from now. Wow, I just turned 20 and realize that its 10 years till I'm thirty. That stinks. Anyway, thinking abtou where we will be in 10 years is strange, because by that time there will have been such tremendous change. But one thing that will never change, is the friends that we have now that will be the same age with us. Like you Owl of the Desert, and Table of Stone, and Eugene and Eugene's brother, which may I remind you his name is Son of Thunder. Anyway, Loved this weekend . Love you and all those that I hung out with.

Owl of the Desert said...

Sorry Son of Thunder...I forgot. I forgot DK's too.'s odd to think about how things will change, but the great part is...we'll all be changing together. Still making fun of ourselves and goofing off.

I'm looking forward to it...