All good things will prevail

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

In the Holy Bible, in the Book of Romans, it reads, ”And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Like it or not death and taxes are a fact of life, regardless of season or time of year. It is apart of life. It is how we cope with our losses and the victories that can make or break us. It has been over 40 years since the passing of my older brother, Roger. We buried him on Dec. 23. Every year I often think of my brother and I still get tears.

For many, the Christmas holiday begins at Thanksgiving. It is a time of Remembrance, a time of forgiving, and a time of moving on.

There may come a time in one's life that we realize you can’t do it all, and no matter how much you want it to, whatever it is, you just cannot do enough to please anyone or keep up with the pace in this modern technologically advanced world.

This seems to be the case in the current situation I have right now. Although there would be a time you just know something was going to happen, I just did not know when. That something has happened and has been a bitter pill to swallow. I have been known to take things way too seriously, but that still would not hang the outcome.

Some of you may have heard that this newspaper will cease publishing on December 31, 2019. I, too, will be closing along with it. With God’s grace and strength, there be another door to open up for me as I shut this door behind me.

Some say that it takes a tragedy for something good to happen. People have dealt with their individual tragedies and overcame them, albeit still some still have to face their punishment. You realize that there is a gnawing in your gut of a wrongful deed, that in order to overcome it, you have to face the giants.

In the Bible, Romans 13:11-12 reads, “And do this, understanding the present time, The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber because our salvation is nearer now than we first believed. The night is nearly over, but the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

Basically, men, it is time for all of us to step it up and be the father, husband, son, brother, a friend that we need and should be to all those around us.

Personally, I have not been the person that I should be. I have allowed men and other things to creep into my life, which has kept from doing and going what I need to do.

In fact, the Christmas season brings back memories of my late brother, Charles Roger. He was age 7 and I was 4 years old. He had Cystic Fibrosis, a lung disease. I remember it as if were yesterday when my father held me in his arms and told me that Roger was sleeping. Oh, how I wanted him to wake up. It was hard for a 4-year old boy to grasp the understanding of death, much less see any good coming out of it. It no doubt was harder for my father to explain to me what truly has happened,

As I grew older, I made a pact with myself that whenever I had my first son, I would name him after my brother. That was my way of moving on. Last week, Rodger Lee, turned 29. He now works in law enforcement as a Deputy for the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department. Watching Rodger grow up has been a bright light in my dark world of not growing up with my brother.

The Bible says to treat people, as you would have them treat you. So let us be people of influence, and pray for those that dislike you, and those you dislike. If you are serious, great things can happen.

I will conclude with the beginning of scripture. ”And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

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