Glenda Williams of Geneva, Alabama, is the wife of Douglas Williams who preaches for the Lord’s church in Geneva. Geneva County is the county of my birth (I was born in Samson) and joins the Florida state line. Glenda herself was born not too far up the road from Samson in Elba. She has been a Facebook friend for some time and I am a posting member of the Geneva church’s Facebook page. In this way, I am able to keep up with many of the things going on among the congregations in South Alabama (also known as L. A. = Lower Alabama) and the Panhandle of Northwest Florida where I spent my early childhood and boyhood days. Lynn Donaldson, who was a schoolmate in my boyhood hometown of DeFuniak Springs, Florida but not a member of the church at the time, is a faithful member of the Geneva church.
In the May 3, 2015 issue of the Geneva church bulletin, Glenda had the following article about her daddy. I was so impressed with it that I saved it for a future edition of “News & Views.” Here is what Glenda wrote.
We need more people like my daddy in the church
I didnt think too much about it when I was first married, and mother told me what my Daddy was doing. Lately I have thought quite a bit about Daddy. Let me share what I am talking about.
Daddy had been out of fellowship with the church for over 30 years. One Sunday he walked down the aisle and confessed his sins and was restored in full fellowship to the church. We need more people who are willing to do what my Daddy did.
Daddy stopped drinking, smoking and cursing when he was restored. He set a perfect example in just doing it. He gave his life to the Lord a year before Doug and I married in 1965, and never looked back. So dont think it cant be done. I know it can, because my Daddy did it. We need more people like my Daddy.
Daddy drove, and mother rode. She never learned to drive, and it didnt really bother her. Daddy and mother were always early to the services of the church. They didnt come in late. We need more people like my Daddy.
Daddy was honored to serve. The church at Elba ordained Daddy a Deacon. I can understand that. Daddy was a serving member of the church. On Sundays he looked around on the ground to see if there were any new fire ant beds, and come Monday he was there first thing treating them. He didnt want the people to be stung by those little fellows. We need more people like my Daddy who see things that need to be done and do them without being asked.
Daddy was a carpenter. No doubt today in the Elba church building there are things that my Daddy built to help make the work of the church more efficient. He used his talents in the Lords work. We need more people like my Daddy in the church.
Daddy took part in the worship of the church. I remember hearing him pray for the first time. He waited on the Lords table. He led in prayer. He greeted visitors. We need more people like my Daddy in the church.
Daddy went with Harris Winston to help teach people the Bible in the privacy of their homes. He did the best he could to lead others to the Lord. We need more people like my Daddy in the church.
I like to think about my Daddy. We need more people like him in the church.
Indeed we do, Glenda, indeed we do!
May 26, 2015
May 27: Mount Juliet, TN Church of Christ