Devotional – Monday, June 8, 2020


Many of you know I grew up in southwestern Oklahoma. My father was a farmer and rancher, and my mother was a “super mom and homemaker.” I am a third-generation Disciple and I think we were at the church every time the doors opened, and we probably opened a few of them even though we lived seven miles in the country.  

We see so much devastation in the world with earthquakes, crime, separation and divorce, and now this terrible virus of COVID-19 causing so much death around the world, and now the riots in many of our communities after the death of George Floyd.

We were living in Auburn, Alabama in the 1960’s while Guye was in graduate school. Auburn didn’t have the racial riots like Montgomery and Birmingham, but we were aware of what was taking place in the state and the US.  I had ambivalent feelings of guilt as well as joy of blessedness during these times.

While serving on the Disciples General Board, I became good friends with a black lady from Birmingham. She shared some of the experiences and feeling she had during those times. I think she said she was around nine years of age. It was interesting to hear her stories and what she experienced during those times. 

I have felt so blessed to have had such a loving and caring husband. We were also blessed with two wonderful sons, two daughters-in-law,  and two grandchildren.

My faith journey has been a gradual one, some might even think “dull.” It began with my baptism around age twelve, growing up in a small Disciple congregation. Guye and I attended First Christian Church the three and a half years we were in Auburn. We were members here in Baton Rouge for 36 years before we moved to a lake in eastern Oklahoma for 16 years. While there, we attended First Christian in Ft. Smith, 50 miles away. We have always enjoyed the choir, Guye taught Sunday school, and I was involved with Disciple Women’s Fellowship. We have always tried to be involved in the various ministries of the church. I have served on the Disciples General Board for seven years; three of those also on the Disciples Executive Board. I served one year as moderator of the Louisiana Region. I have served six years of the Juliette Fowler Board in Dallas.

I continue to try to broaden my understanding of the scriptures as I journey through this life God has given me. I am planning on quite a few more. It has been a great journey so far, with only a few bumps along the way. Of course, losing Guye , the love of my life for 57+ years, has been a great loss, but I have to remember the blessings we had and not dwell on the negatives. 

I feel so blessed to have always had my church family to be there when the road gets a little bumpy. Humor is also something that is a large part of my life. My family was very optimistic about life in general and laughter was a large part of it and it was a large part of mine and Guye’s life as well. Hopefully we have passed this gift on to our children and grandchildren. 

Paul would probably send this message to us also: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Offered by Phyllis Willis

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