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I’m really enjoying this cooler weather we are experiencing lately. I didn’t get an article in the paper last week because I wasn’t feeling well. I had a serious sinus infection. I did send one in the week before last, but it didn’t get put in. I guess there wasn’t enough room for it. Anyway, I’m feeling much better now. Gary has been under the weather also. Doc. had to fix him up with some strong antibiotics to keep him from getting pneumonia. His coughing spells have let up, and I think he is finally out of the woods too; as the ole saying goes. Both of us agree that it feels good to feel good again.
Maxine Lirley is still in a lot of pain, as a result of her broken leg, but she is working hard to get back on her feet again. Her shoulder was also injured as a result of her fall. She is receiving some therapy for that problem too. Please keep her in your prayers.
I wrote in my article, week before last, about attending a family reunion in the northern part of the state. Accompanying Gary and I to the reunion was Maxine Lirley, Jeanie Huff and Judy Smith. We had a wonderful time visiting with family that we had not seen in several years and meeting family that we had never met before. We also took time to visit with Judy’s family members in Marshal, Mo. when we stopped to pick her up on our way to the reunion.
The Metcalf Kin and Friends reunion that was held last Saturday at the Red Bank Fellowship room went well. There were, probably, at least 100 people that were in attendance. My sister, Joan Holly and her son, Jerred Holly came from Tulsa, Oklahoma especially to attend the reunion. Some one asked me, “Who is that woman seated over there that looks like you?” I said, “Well, would you believe that she is my sister?” Our son, Les, his wife Jeanine and three children, Ryker, Ryan and Hannah also visited with us that same weekend. Our house was full again, and echoed with sounds of laughter, children’s voices and music.
Spending a day in and around Branson last weekend was Les, Eloise and Miranda Hallmark.
Visiting with Pam Shell was Eloise Hallmark.
Jake Hampton was on hand to begin the Sunday morning service at Red Bank Church by leading in hymns. Jerry Huff welcomed members and guest. Celebrating his birthday with a mission offering was a young man by the name of Davien. I didn’t get his last name, but he said that he was five years old. Jeanie Huff provided special music.
Brother Les brought the morning message from I Samuel: 20 which gives us the account of King Saul’s son, Jonathan, protecting his friend, David, from the rage of his jealous father. Even though, David knew that he was in grave danger of being killed by Saul and his soldiers, he trusted God for protection. God hears and answers our prayers as he heard and answered David’s. He hid David right in front of his enemies. He could have been killed many times, but he was never seen, even when he drew himself near enough to touch them and remove items that lay next to them. We need not be afraid when we trust God our Father to take care of our problems. Jesus said in Mark 11:24, Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.
That’s all the news I have for now. Take care.