Sunday, April 28, I resumed my weekend speaking appointments. Because Bonnie had felt so poorly on Saturday, and because I was going to be out from early in the morning until late at night, Bonnie opted not to travel with me to my appointments. Sunday morning I was to fill-in for brother Gary Hampton who was absent from the pulpit at the Siwell Rd. Church of Christ in Jackson, MS. This necessitated me leaving Winona, MS at 7:30 a.m. to arrive in time for the church’s Bible class at 9:30 a.m. During the worship, I preached Why Do the Churches of Christ Not Use Instrumental Music in Worship? Sermons are streamed live to the Internet as well as archived. You may view my sermon yesterday or find other lessons at: http://www.siwellroad.com/. Bonnie and Rebecca were present in a sense as they viewed the services from the ease of our living room.Before and after Bible class and worship, many Siwell members sent well wishes through me back to Bonnie. In my absence from Bonnie’s side, members of the Old Union Church of Christ visited her in the afternoon with a basket of goodies. We are so blessed for the encouragement of so many Christian brethren stateside and abroad.
Following worship, brother W.E. Walker, who is the deacon over missions at Siwell, took me to lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Clinton, MS. Afterward, we retired for a while to his home. It was then that I showed him a PowerPoint presentation of my recent, 3-week mission trip to Guyana, South America.
Around 2:30 p.m., I left brother Walker and proceeded to Best Buy in Jackson to pick up an external hard drive for sister Betty Choate’s office in her home. Actually, I am going to copy several gigabytes from her old computer at the office building to preserve the files and make them available more easily for use in her office in the home. Having done that, next I pointed the van toward my evening appointment with the Union, MS Church of Christ (not to be confused with the Old Union Church of Christ in Carroll County, MS), about an hour and a half away.
I was greeted so warmly by virtually every member in attendance that night. Of course, again well wishes were sent to Bonnie through me. The occasion for my presence was to update the congregation about my February mission trip to Guyana. I showed the PowerPoint presentation I had made specifically regarding that trip.
After services, I headed toward home, stopping briefly in Philadelphia, MS to grab a sandwich for supper. I pulled into the driveway back in Winona at 10:00 p.m. I was tired, and I know my driving was getting a little sloppy; I’m glad the trip was neither any longer nor any later. It was a lonely ride without Bonnie, a loneliness traveling about with which I have been mostly unacquainted for decades. It is always a good thing to have my best friend, dear wife and coworker accompany me daily and in all things. I had made a humongous, awkward “figure 8” in my travels, but I was back home. Hopefully, I glorified God and edified those before whom I stood on that day.