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By Margaret McCraw
December 24th has a familiar ring, doesn’t it? Yea, it’s ole Ho Ho’s time to make his annual round. The air is filled with Christmas Carols and fun songs of the season. More people seem to be a little kinder and friendlier this time of year.
Last Sunday was Kye Roberts 10th birthday, and Monday the 20th was Zane Wilkinson’s 13th birthday so a Happy Belated Birthday Wish to the two of you. Also, a Happy Birthday to nephew Raymond Robertson the 29th and to our Pastor, Brother Mike Powell, who has one on the 30th.
Did the children ever give a wonderful program to the packed house at church last Sunday. They were dressed in costumes; angels, toy soldiers, clowns, Christmas presents, and, of course, Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus. The did the program “I Wish You Jesus.” Anna Lisa Powell was their director, and she and her helpers did a magnificent job in training the children.
Sunday evening Cristie McCraw called and asked me if I would like to come over and eat dinner with them. She said she was having her family for their Christmas together. Since it would be after dark, Hugh came and drove me to their house. What a Christmas for the Thomases!
Earlier this year, their father, Danny Thomas, has asked the Lord Jesus into his heart and what a difference he has made. Cristie said her father had never taken any interest in Christmas but this year he bought presents for everyone and asked the Lord’s blessing on the dinner. We all stood in a circle holding hands as his prayer was being said and it proved too much for us to hold inside. What a beautiful Christmas. After we had eaten, Cristie’s sister, Jennifer, asked the children to be seated as she passed out a Christmas present to each of them. They, including Maggie, was still holding their present until everyone had a present and Jennifer said “go,” then the paper began to fly. They had such a good time. There was Hunter, Lucas, Tyler, Gabby, little Stevie and Maggie. Besides her Mom and Dad and sister Jennifer, were brother Steve and wife, Dana, making a total of fourteen.
Last Sunday ended beautifully but Sunday morning had been a different story. My car would not start again. It has a new battery but something keeps pulling it down. I had seen my neighbors on the north side of me leave for church, and knew I had to do something to get there, so I called our church and Evelyn Pannell answered the phone. I told my story to her and asked her to send the best looking deacon she could find to get me.
Within minutes another neighbor, Neil Roberts, who had just arrived at church, drove up and I told him what I had told Evelyn and teased that she had not done bad in finding a deacon. I am glad that he is the one who came because I think this Monday morning he has discovered what my problem is; the security light is coming on when the door is closed.
I knew the program was messed up because recently I was pulling into my drive and heard the doors either lock or unlock. He has even given me the name of a place to repair it. Do you have a kinder neighbor?
Congratulations to Kevin Roberts and Bebe Wittenton on their recent engagement.
I learned Sunday that both Ken Briggs and J.D. Roberts are both home and improving nicely after surgery.