Thelma Keyes

One of those days


Good Morning/Evening!

“Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith. Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength.” (1 Cor. 16:13)

Have you ever had “one of those days,” where everything you heard was something that broke your heart a little bit each time? Well, I have had a few of those days and they keep coming. As they come and I began to feel weak, I realize that during that time is when my God increases within my situation. So I listen to the small, soothing voice speaking with authority to my spirit and I feel renewed strength.

On Saturday morning at 11:00 I attended the Celebration of Life for Mack “Gock” Roberts at Balucta M. B. Church. The eulogy was delivered by Pastor Marcus Mann, and it was encouraging and fitting for the man he lovingly called Paw Paw! It was a great gathering of family and life long friends sharing in their love for the Roberts and Lyles families.

Later that day there was a 50th Year Class Reunion of the Class of 1969 of North Scott High School /Attendance Center held at The Kat’s Kave in Forest, Ms. Bonnie Lee Wright spearheaded it and was the mistress of ceremony. Dora Odom Sershion was in charge of registration, there was prayer by Adolphus Lyles; a Memorial tribute for our classmates no longer with us by Carolyn Slaughter Fuqua. Recognition of visitors and friends by Innette Hughes Bradford. We sang our school song, led by Sandra Faye McClendon-wife of Lonnie McClendon. There was a reading that describes our love and loyalty to each other.

Friends or Family? I once thought there was a difference of the two. But in the year of 1969 I came to realize that blood is not the final requisite for family. It was the love and honest caring shared amongst the graduating class of 1969 from North Scott High School that made us family. There was a connection formed in our younger days that has only grown stronger over the last 50 years.

No matter the miles between us, when one hurts we all hurt and come together physically and spiritually. A true friend does not need to be knocking at your door everyday. A true friend is someone you may not see for years but you can still get together, eat ice cream and put the world to right like you have never been apart. True friends hearts are always open to each other regardless of time absent. True friends see sunshine in each others’ company, even when it rains. The best thing you can do for a friend when they are hurting is to be there, even when you have nothing to offer but your presence, love and prayers. And I feel confident in saying that the class of 1969 has always done that as a family not just classmates......TEK

Our prayers continue for Joel Hunt, May Hunt, Johnny “Red” Thomas, Mae Derricks, Leroy Roberts, Mary Smith, Timothy Majors, The Wilson Children, Juanita Banks, Doris Holifield, Jessie Gatewood, Joe Lyles, R. C. Williams and their caregivers.

Prayers of comfort and peace for the Wilson; McDonald/ McCarter; Jones; Roberts; Davis/ Anderson; and others in bereavement.

We ask that the light of God continually shine in your hearts and strengthen your steps.