Gloria Ford:Each season shows the beauty and the greatness of God
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
It’s amazing how the seasons come and go and each one shows the beauty and the greatness of God. No wonder the songwriter was able to say in his hymn of praise, “How great Thou art.”
I would like to thank all of you for being so wonderful on last Saturday night for coming to the Winyah auditorium to see the play presented by Mt. Zion AME Church, Pastor Herman Ford, Jr., and myself. It was wonderful to have such a show of support and well wishes.
Special thanks to Licentiate Elinda Greggs for presiding and to Mrs. Silverteen Mitchum for narrating. The characters were excellent in their roles and they were: Misters and Mistresses Willie White, Betty Sanders, Jack Ladson, Degoris Brown, Freddie and Shirley Graham, Craig and Tiffany Jackson, Michael and Myra Wiggins, Joseph and Mary Grant, Licentiate Benjamin and Clementine Sanders, Licentiate Jackie and Wanda Darby, Larry Brown and Joyce Hooks-Brown, Thurmond Seward and Angiel Grayson, Thomas and Loretta Alford. Our ladies of wisdom were darling as they paraded in all of their splendor, followed closely by “Brother Do Good”. They were Mistresses Mamie Gamble, Novil Seward, and Sadie McCray, and Mr. Olin McCray in his “Do Good” role. We also wish to thank Mrs. Ada Sheffield for the ending introduction of the cast. Stage credits go out to the Salvation Army for helping us to supply the furniture for the set along with Lashec’s Botique and Colonial Florist, Betty Sanders for the eye catching banner, Rosabelle Barr for props, Myra Wiggins, Michael Wiggins and Byannca McCray for stage helps. Thanks to Brother Jonathan Cooper and Rev. Willie Thomas for entertainment, and Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., for all around help.
For those of you who missed “The Day The Women Disappeared and From a Man’s Point of View”, we have been asked by Mrs. Debbie Summey to do it again. We’ll be sure to let you know when.
Back to school story
The following story, though considered fictional, is one of my favorites for the “Back to school” season. It was also a favorite of the late educator, Mrs. Minnie McKnight Baxter, and I dedicate it in her memory:
Mrs. Thompson stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, and she told the children a lie. She looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn’t play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant.
It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson could actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big F at the top of his papers. At the school Mrs. Thompson was required to view each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last; however, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.
Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners. He is a joy to be around.”
His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, and well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness, and life at home must be a struggle.
His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”
His fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class.”
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright papers, except for Teddy’s. (Will continue the story next Friday)
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful, heartwarming story. The ending is a joyous one.
Let us remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those healing from surgeries and those facing surgical procedures, our school bus drivers, our teachers and our children, all school administrators, our specially challenged children, the elderly that live alone, all suffering from cold and flu symptoms, the unemployed, the hungry and homeless. Most of all, let us pray for one another.
Join me on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. on 1470 AM WLMC for “Afternoon Blessings” and “Sunday with Gloria” respectively.
Have a blessed and wonderful weekend and upcoming week.
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