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By Kelly Baker

Not Your Typical Church Lady

My People


September 19, 2019

"But Ruth replied, 'Don't urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me be it ever so severely if anything but death separates you and me.'"

~(Ruth 1:16b-17. NIV.)

In my daily devotional recently, it challenged the reader to make a list of ways that God has blessed them, taking notice of the things right under our noses that we are grateful for. So here is one of the things I am most grateful for:

When my husband and I got married, I moved the whole way from Ore Hill to New Enterprise. Though not far away geographically, the sense of community was different from anything I had known thus.

I went where he went, his church became my church, his neighbors became my neighbors. If we were in the garage at the farm working on something, people would see the light on and just stop in to say hi and talk. Neighbors would drop by and visit. It was fun to see what would happen next because where I grew up, we kept to ourselves. This was nothing new to my husband who had lived here his whole life. That's just the way things were.

As time went on, I got to know everyone better. History is a big part of Southern Cove and the Cove in general, so being able to talk genealogy is a must. Not only should you know your own family history inside and out, you should also know the family history of everyone around you AND be able to name the previous owners of every house and farm in the area for at least the last 100 years. The corner of Church Street and Chestnut Street by the post office in New Enterprise is still known as "Orlo's Store" even though Mr. Boyd has long ago gone on to his eternal reward and there is now a gazebo where the store used to be. But this is how we talk so one must learn the lingo if they wish to remain and be accepted by the natives. As a natural born Cove-ite, this was already ingrained into my DNA. (I still refer to the storage facility outside of Curryville as "Dar-Wil Dairy" even though that place has been closed for ages.)

But the thing that blesses me the most about living here is the feeling that the people around this area really care about each other. Neighbors will show up out of nowhere if you have an emergency. Younger people keep tabs on the older people and try to help them out as much as they can. When there is a crisis, folks appear with food. (Our unofficial motto is "Let's eat our way out of it!")

We joke that everyone always knows what we're doing, all the time. It's true. We've got all the cars memorized. A month or two ago someone came to get my car while I was at work, leaving the parking lot looking empty. No fewer than three people called to ask, "Why weren't you at work today?" (I was there, it was just my car that was missing, ha ha!)

This is not a huge community but you should see what these people can do when they all get together for a benefit meal. It's impressive. Another good example is the Northern Bedford Dance-a-Thon. Kids, parents, teachers, family, friends and neighbors – they all chip in and do what they can. The result is amazing and hopefully helps ease the burden on others.

When someone says they're praying for you, they really mean it. There is a strong connection here with God. I believe that faith is what drives our love for one another. Or maybe it's the fact that most of us are related, however closely or distantly.

"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, NIV.)

Those words were from Timothy, Paul and Silas to the church in Thessalonica, but they ring in my heart the way I feel about our community as well. I do thank God for you. I love it here. It is a true joy and blessing to be part of this very, very large family. May you be blessed as well.


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