Twenty years ago our holiday season was quite different than this year. It was Sunday, November 22, 1992 when the lights went out and the funnel clouds rolled through around 6 p.m. in our little town. Many of you experienced the loss of your home, personal belongings, and some experienced some injuries; but even though the tornado took out part of the town we had no fatalities from the storm. The other day I found this poem that I wrote in that year’s Christmas card and wanted to share it with all of you. ‘Twas the Sunday before Thanksgiving when all through the house, Every creature was praying in each and every house, Down on their knees with much hope and declare, “Let everyone be safe and know that Jesus is there”.
The children were frightened with no electric for miles, Not only was Ma scared, but Pa couldn’t crack a smile, And Ma in her rocker with Bubba-cat on her lap, The children lighting candles, instead of taking a nap.
When out of the sky the sound of a train’s roar, I sprang to my feet to see what was at the door. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Pulled back the curtains and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But sirens and red lights each and everywhere. With a ring of a bell giving us the word we didn’t want to hear, I knew that a Tornado must have been here.
Our house is secure and we are all safe, But the not-knowing of others was almost unbearable to take, Again on our knees we cried and we prayed, For Jesus to save those lives we had named.
The time has now passed with so many things all-anew, Life is almost again normal for all but a few, Our family is whole and happy again, With much to be thankful for to our Father in Heaven.
This season is upon us brings us great joy, Especially this year for all the health and happiness we enjoy, In the words of this poem the meaning is clear, We are all safe and happy and wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Dale and Joy (Miller) McNelly! Dale and Joy are retired farmers in Monroe Township and will celebrate their golden anniversary on December 22nd. They have two children, Steve of Pawleys Island, South Carolina; and Kathy (Donnie) Hale of Hillard, Ohio. There are also three grandchildren, Alan, Sarah, and Nathan Hale.
Glenn and Kay (Boomershine) Turner celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday at the Moose Lodge in Greenville. Glenn and Kay were married on December 8, 1962 at the East Zion Church. They have four sons, Brent, Todd (Barbie), Phillip (Jodie), and Jeff; seven grandchildren, Ashley, Josh, Jordy, Derrick, Tyler, Kaytlyn, and Phillip, Jr.; plus two great-grandchildren Jordy, Jr. and Travis. Happy Anniversary Glenn and Kay!
There is more, much more, to Christmas than just candlelight and cheer; it’s the spirit of sweet friendship that brightens all through the year. It’s the thoughtfulness and kindness, and hope reborn again. I wish for you peace, understanding, and goodwill to all mankind.
Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at email@example.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.