December 23, 2010
Potts Camp News
Writer showered with gifts and cards on birthday
The ladies from Temperance Hill Baptist Church met on Wednesday for a Christmas program and enjoyed dinner in the fellowship hall there.
Mary Reid School second grade students presented a Christmas music program at the Potts Camp High School auditorium one night last week. A large crowd attended.
I appreciate all the cards and gifts that I received on my birthday, Dec. 16. My son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo, and others visited me. I was happy to see them.
Members of Temperance Hill Baptist Church attended a Christmas program at Bruce, on Saturday night.
Cousin Bill Cole, of Tennessee, a former FBI agent, called on my birthday. I was happy to hear from him and other cousins who called and sent cards and gifts.
The former Kathy Williams, who grew up in Potts Camp, daughter of the late Russell and Elizabeth Williams, has decorated the Potts Camp United Methodist Church this year. We thank her and as long as Wright Greer lived, he always decorated the church in December. We still miss him.
Prayer List: Joann Potts of Olive Branch (my sister-in-law), Diane Clayton, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Henry Tutor (Nursing Home), Charles Henderson, Sank Owen of Amory (a cousin and former Potts Camp School teacher, also former principal at Aberdeen and Amory), Betty Rose Jones (a friend in Memphis), Doris Goode from Hickory Flat, G.R. Thompson, Jimmie Hart, also others who are sick.
Lisa Weaver and her husband, Dr. Mike Weaver, and other family members including their daughter, Anna Beth, from Petal, came to visit her mother, Floy Ash, during the Christmas holidays. They also visited Flick Ash for lunch one day while here.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
He Called It Home
An artist was asked to paint the most beautiful picture in the world. He asked a soldier what he thought was the most beautiful. His answer was “peace”; war is ugly. Next he asked a new bride – her answer was “love”. Later he talked to a preacher and asked him what was the most beautiful and he answered “Faith”. When the artist entered his home he saw faith and peace in his children’s eyes and love in his wife’s voice, so he painted the most beautiful picture in the world and called it “Home.”
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life.
I have happy memories of Christmas when I was a child and we hung our stockings around the fireplace (the nail heads are still there, all five of them). We burned coal back then. One night we woke up quickly when the Roman candles fell over into the ashes and started shooting in the house. Daddy jumped out of bed and held them up the chimney. We ran outside in the cold, and watched them shoot up above the house. The next year I followed my brother, James, into the woods to cut a Christmas tree to put in the hall. We had fun decorating it with homemade decorations. I always had a pretty doll for my gift. I still love dolls.
Did you know?
It has been cold these past few days. At 17 degrees the wind was brutal early in the morning.
The school kids are all much excited for two reasons. It is almost Christmas and they will be out of school for two weeks.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is the season to be joyful and to be generous to others expressing your love for your family and friends. I hope and pray that our nation will take time to reflect on the reason why we have Christmas. Presently we still have the freedom to celebrate Christmas as we desire or as our beliefs dictate. Hopefully, we all will remember our military men and women who are and will be away from family.
In a radio address to the nation, then president Harry Truman closed his speech with these words: “In the sprit of the Christ Child – as little children with joy in our hearts and peace in our souls – let us, as a nation, dedicate ourselves anew to the love of our fellow men. In such a dedication we shall find the message of the Child of Bethlehem, the real meaning of Christmas.”
Charles Wesley (1707-1788), the famous hymn writer, wrote these words to his famous Christmas hymn.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 KJV
I will be off until the first of February 2011. From my family to yours we wish you all a blessed and joyful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Ref: American Patriots Almanac by W. Bennett & J. Cribb
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