News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Hello everyone! Saturday was cloudy and warm. The weather forecast shows a chance of rain most days for the next two weeks, and the daytime temperatures should be in the 50s and 60s and cool-chilly nights. The onions continue to grow in the yard. Maybe we can catch up on some yard work in between rains. We were blessed not to have bad storms as they were predicting.
Everyone now is focused on the Coronovirus (COVID-19). It seems the media has helped project more fear into people, but I do think we should be aware and try to be safe. Wash your hands while singing Happy Birthday twice or reciting your ABC’s twice. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve. If you blow your nose, throw the tissue away and wash hands afterwards. Stay six feet from others. They are saying to limit visiting if you are over 60 with health conditions and for sure 80 and above period. People are buying up toilet paper, paper towels and antibacterial soap to name a few things We do not know how bad or long this will last. Someone has come up with this for the virus. Christ Over Viruses & Infectious Diseases, Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Spring begins March 19. School will be out for spring break the week of March 23 if they do not close for this virus. I actually saw a big ‘ol black and yellow bumblebee today. Get ready.
I had a very good phone visit with Geralene Thompson today. She still has a memory like an elephant. She talked with me a lot about the older days, my younger days, people she knew, my grandmother Wilma Virgie Seaton Maness and her mom Alma Morris. So many things to talk about. It was so nice, especially since my own mother passed away in 2004. I am hoping we can go for a visit to see her and my cousin Candy before too long.
I was very sorry to hear about Rachel Ellington having an accident at her house last week. She stayed with her daughter Marla Davidson and family a few nights and now is recuperating at home. 
I was also sorry to hear of the passing of Nathean Burress. His grandparents Margaret Ann Burress and Billy Don go to our church, Friendship Baptist. There are no words to help relieve the pain the entire family is feeling now or will in the future. Our prayers are with them all.
Happy Birthday to Bryce Pritchard, 3-16; Tanya Butler, 3-18; John Webb, 3-19; and Jeanette Butler and Carter Seaton, March 21.
Happy Anniversary to Jennifer and Barry Williams and Debbie and Bruce Morris, March 16.
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Maverick Butler, Leon Carroll, Diane Cross, Rachel Ellington, Bro. Glenn Harris, Larry Johnson, Danny Jones, Judy Love, Nancy McCaskill, Nancy Morris, LaVelle Page, MaryAnn Priddy, Pam Priddy, Joe Carl Reeves, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Doris Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Buddy and Alice Terry Stovall, Kristi Taylor, Mike Tignor, Georgia Webb and Adam Wise. Remember the families of Jenny Holmes, Nathean Burress and Lois Bain. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, and our first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those. Even if you do not know their name, God does.
“Emptiness” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “Dear Lord, I need to feel You; my soul has disappeared/I want to feel some comfort – I need something to hear/I never dreamed there’d be a night…when all my ‘faith’ seems gone/I always seemed to sense You…but, tonight – there’s something wrong/I feel so broke and weary – and I’m trying hard to pray/My mind is tossed with endless thoughts…there’s something in the way/Oh Lord, I truly feel ashamed – I always felt You ‘near’/But, in my broken sorrow…there’s no sense that You are here/Just then, when I felt hopeless; and I closed my eyes to sleep/I felt a stirring in my soul, a warmness soft and deep/And then, as if by magic – I heard a voice inside/His perfect words brought comfort and my heart began to cry/’My Child, I’m right here with you – and I know your pain is deep/I don’t want you to feel alone…I’ll stay here as you sleep/Sometimes the pain is just so strong…the hurt will block your soul/you don’t need to feel so bad – “that” pain, I’ve also known/I had a time of doubt myself; and called out for some peace/I felt so lost and weary…and the torment wouldn’t cease/Just close your eyes, My dear one…I’ll help you to get through/My promise is unending – I’ll “always” be with you’/Just then I felt surrender – and I gave my pain in prayer/I never was abandoned…My Lord was always there/I knew that I could fall asleep; as God proved He was ‘true’/God answered when I needed Him – and I would make it through.”
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at mimmiepots@gmail.com. We are not answering numbers we do not recognize due to the high number of robocalls. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area are hungry for news from home. Until next week, Happy Trails to You.