Announcements: Mayors Prayer Breakfast and Morton Day in the Park might be rescheduled at a later date, but were cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus threat.
We Care Mission Food Distribution in May will be held on Friday, May 8 and Friday, May 22 at Morton United Methodist Church, 29 Church Street, beginning about 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Congratulations to: Jimmy Lane Cooper on the celebration of his 74th Birthday Anniversary. Family gathered to honor him and a parade of friends passed with best wishes, while unable to attend in person. He is a much admired business man in the community and deserves that fitting tribute
To: Jorian Jackson, MHS graduate, on being Named one of the Drum Majors for the ECCC “Wall ‘O Sound” marching band. Sydni Goldman of Pelahatchie received the same honor.
Prayers and concern for: Jake Harrell, Jo Carol Tadlock, Tom Brown, Marie Washington, and continued concern for Buddy Taylor, Neva Laseter, Pat Jolly and Doretha Sturgis.
Sympathy to the families of: Don A. Stewart, Joyce Ivey Burns, Larry Bradford, Vickie K. Easterling, Lawrence Greggory Ashley, Archie Dan Craig, Zilpha Ann Reid, Benny N. Woods, Webbie Massey, Lynette Glaze Moore, Sheena Renee Comfort Miles and Johnnie Harrison.
Sittin’ and thinkin’: The third and fourth lessons learned to carry out the scripture from Matthew 25:40... “and the King will answer them. Truly Isay to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.”
3-Third Important Lesson. The Obstacle in Our Path...In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the hugh rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roadways clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition..
4-Fourth Important Lesson. Giving When it Counts…Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying. “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color return to her cheeks. Then his face brew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice. “Will I start to die right away?”
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.