I want to close my writing of the Reflection articles. Proverbs 30: 7-9 says, Lord, "Two things I have required of thee, deny me them not before I die. Remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with food convenient for me. Lest I be full and deny thee, and say, who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain." I like these words.
As I stated in my last article, I am retiring from writing this weekly column in the Town Crier. Let me begin by saying I have enjoyed doing this. I have devoted much of a half day a week to the article. I never took this obligation lightly.
Others will continue to do an article.
I began writing an article for Mrs. Hazel McKinnon when I was pastor at the First Baptist Church in Manila. The ministerial alliance wrote the articles then. We did that for several years on a rotation basis. Each preacher would write for two weeks and then another one would do it until our turn came again.
I moved away and then came back to pastor Blackwater Baptist Church where I have served for 17 years in April. When I came back an elderly Methodist preacher, Brother Aubra Hays wrote Reflections. He asked me to help him on a rotation basis. I agreed to help. He died shortly after and I continued each week until a year or so ago. Brother Aubra Hayes was a fine man and writer.
I want to thank the folks at the Town Crier for encouraging me to stay on and do it. Never one time was anything censored. They printed it as I wrote it. A lot of times they cleaned up my horrible writing and typing and made it look really professional. I want to thank you who took time to read what I had written.
I have met a lot of folks I had never met, but they would often comment to me about an article. I know the article was a reflection article and I often told some old time events and that was what I had most favorable comments about.
The mayor of Monette would tell me about how he could relate to the old time articles. People would ask me if I just made up the old time things. I will tell you that everything I ever wrote about, I had lived the experience. I liked to write them for I did not have to dig into the scripture but they came out of my experiences as a young lad. I haven't exhausted them all.
Will I be writing anymore? Don't plan to, but the paper folks told me that if I ever wanted to write one, to just hand it in and they might print it. I've come to the point I need this relief.
A last scripture is from Psalm 37:25, "I have been young, but now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread."
I bid you adieu.