“Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love”(2 John 3).
Consider “grace” and “mercy.” Grace is something which God gives us, that we don’t deserve, such as the gift of eternal life with Him in Heaven. Because of God’s Mercy, we, wo are believers in Jesus, are saved from that which we do deserve, which is eternal torment and separation from God is an eternity in Hell.
As I watched the videos of the Mississippi Mass Choir, I had a very difficult time choosing only one video to put with this post. The man who is singing, Mr. Frank Williams, has passed from this life and is spending his eternal life with God in heaven. The expressions that I saw on the face of Mr. Williams spoke many words about his sincere love for his Lord, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
As Mr. Williams and the choir sang the old songs of the church, I was able to remember them as being some of the ones that were sung when I was a little boy. I can remember the Baptist, Methodist, Nazarene, and Churches Of God that I attended with my relatives. Most of those loved ones have also gone on to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus. One of my sets of grandparents attended a Church of God. It was there that I would find myself asleep on one of the wooden pews, as the evening would “continue on.” I had an “Uncle Charlie;” he attended a Nazarene church. If company would ever go to his house on a Sunday morning, Uncle Charlie would go to church, with or without his company. I remember that when Uncle Charlie died, the preacher couldn’t make it through his message of memorial without crying. It was at a Baptist church, at the age of ten, that I responded to the preacher’s message of salvation through faith in Jesus, and walked down the aisle and made a profession of faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The pastor and church members gave me “the right hand of Christian fellowship.” It was not long afterward that I was immersed in the waters of baptism by that same pastor.
As a child, it was common for most of my friends and their families to go to Sunday School and Church. I remember that Sunday night church services were well-attended. Wednesday nights were popular, too. Vacation Bible School was fun. Revivals would last for two weeks, or more. In Baptist churches, we had a program for boys that was called “RAs,” or Royal Ambassadors. We had RA meetings on Wednesday nights where we would study the Bible and memorize scriptures. On weekdays we would have sporting events. I still keep in touch with my RA leader of “many years ago.” “Brother Louis,” who is now age eighty, coached boys at church and playgrounds for forty-three years. Many of his boys, including me, keep in touch with him frequently.
Mr. Williams, whom I mentioned earlier in this post, was about my age; I wish that I could have known him. People like him, and Brother Louis, and my Uncle Charlie, are manifestations of God’s grace and mercy. I am sure that there are many others who have been blessed by having such people to grace their lives.
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