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  1. Johnny Harrison on September 17, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Every Sunday I look at an auditorium filled with people who were influenced by one person, not solely by the Lord mind you, but by a very remarkable woman.
    As I gaze around the congregation, I see two sisters, who always sit ever so close together and are rarely if ever absent from the assembly. These ladies, who remind me constantly of Mary and Martha, are the consummate laborers in the congregation. It would not be an exaggeration to say that these two women compromise the backbone of our Sunday School program, and to think they are the granddaughters of the rather amazing woman I mentioned previously.
    These two sisters are surrounded each and every Sunday by four daughters in total, three belonging to the older and one to the younger. Of the daughters, most serve as teachers in the Sunday School program as well, or they serve in some other capacity within the congregation. Most importantly, each of these ladies as well have chosen to submit their lives to the Lord. These four daughters in turn have their own families who surround them on Sundays as well. As I look over those assembled, I see husbands and children, eight in number, who have been influenced by the women who descend from that rather amazing woman so many generations back.
    It does not end there. I see two cousins, direct descendants from that same woman, being her great-great grandchildren. One serving as a pillar within the congregation, a devout man of service, and his humble, tenderhearted cousin. Her husband, also a pillar in the congregation, spends so much time with his cousin-in-law, and they share so many of the same interests, I have often quipped they share the same brain. If I were pressed to liken them to bible persons, it would have to be James and John, the sons of Thunder. Both of these men have families of their own, unfortunately for our congregation, only one of the two still has boys at home. The other, even though his boys are grown with families of their own, has still managed to instill in them the importance of the Gospel. They also are members of the Lord’s body, just serving in other congregations.
    There are empty spots I see each Sunday too. Places that have been vacated, because the Lord has called His servants home. One belonging to the father of one of the men just mentioned. Another belonging to my father-in-law. Oh yes, my wife is also the great granddaughter of that same remarkable lady who generations ago instilled in her children the importance of the Church, obedience to the Gospel, and a love for the Lord. She influenced generation after generation, and her hand can still be felt today in the lives of those who descend from her.
    Every Sunday I see proof that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.
    Norfork church of Christ – Serving Norfork and surrounding communities for over one hundred years.

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