On the first day of May, Kitty and I went to the Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet, WV, to pay our respects for a beautiful lady, Lahoma Quesinberry White. Lahoma was my age. We played together as children, went to school together, were in the same Sunday School, lived in the same small coal-mining community of Wevaco located near the head of Cabin Creek in West Virginia.
While there, I talked with family members and friends I had known over the years. Lahoma and her deceased husband, Lester “Bud” White, were leaders in their community and area – always serving and helping others. As we returned home, we drove west into the evening sun.
Going and coming we were well aware that springtime was here. Beautiful flowers everywhere we looked. Dogwood trees are in full bloom as well as fruit trees and flowers of all kinds. Our yard has new blossoms each day.
May is an exciting and beautiful month. On Thursday, I was up at 6:00 a.m. to be in our church for an early morning prayer meeting at seven o’clock. Millions across the nation and world met together on that National Day of Prayer, chaired by Greg Laurie and Shirley Dobson.
Our nation has probably never been in the need of a complete saturation of believing prayer more than at the present time. Instead of leading the nation, too many of our leaders ridicule the very thought of holiness before God and applaud the worst kind of sin that will lead our nation to ruin as it has other nations in years past. Every civilization that has ever turned from God to serve its own carnal appetites has died spiritually and crumbled on the trash heap of decadence.
On May 12, we will celebrate Mother’s Day. Nations may rise or fall on the spiritual leadership and example of its mothers. In which direction are mothers now leading us?
May 27, will be celebrated as Memorial Day. We will remember those who died defending our nation against sworn enemies. It is also a day that has been called “Decoration Day”, when many take flowers to the cemetery to pay honor to friends and family by decorating their graves.
In many schools, from the elementary grades through college and graduate schools, we will celebrate graduations and the commencement into another area of study and life. I recall the many times when I have been a guest speaker in all kinds of schools with students of all ages.
What do you say to those who have successfully come to the completion of a course of study? Albert Einstein, an intellectual giant of his day, 1879-1955, wrote, “It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values. He must acquire a vivid sense of the beautiful and of the morally good. Otherwise he – with his specialized knowledge – more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a harmoniously developed person.” As I did, I suggest you read those words repeatedly.
St. Luke, 2:52, says, “Jesus increased in wisdom”. He was taught to “love God with all his mind” in the First Commandment of All, Matthew 22:37. Advice about learning makes it worthwhile. We read from one of the wisest of men, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).
Our nation may be lifted up again through the power of prayer and the power in the wisdom that God gives. Blind leaders will lead blind followers into the ditches of destruction. Walk wisely in a day of abundant ignorance and a forsaking of God’s instruction.
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