Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

August 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor 8/3/13

Corsicana Daily Sun

— A Letter of Thank You’s

On behalf of the NAACP Branch, unit # 6209 of Navarro County, Corsicana under the leadership of Mrs. Rowena Winfrey, president, we would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our special guests on July 9, 2013 at the “Investing in your Health, Now and in the Future.” The presenters were awesome. The information was so on-target for today’s health issues/concerns.

Again, many, many thanks to Hometown Pharmacy, Mrs. Laura Sladecek, RPh and Mrs. Brittney Deckard CPhT; Navarro County Extension Agent with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Mrs. Paula Butler; Guardian Home Health Care Agency, Mrs. Lee Ann Guest, marketing account executive and Penny Liggins, HHA; and Pre-Arranged Funeral Plan and Whole Life Insurance, Mrs. Patrice McDonald, Licensed Agent of Texas. Because of your help our program was a success to all present. Plans are underway for Part 2 of our series of Health Awareness for the fall. Last but not least a huge thanks goes to Mrs. Darlene Jackson for the publicity.

Best Regards,

Penny Liggins

NAACP Asst. Treasurer

Chairperson of Event

In Loving Memory

Have you ever had a certain “date” or time that weighs heavy upon your heart and the days or even weeks before that date seem to cause dread or sadness that shadow you? Most of the time you may not even realize that you are feeling sad or heavy hearted, but there is a weight that you cannot shake. Every year, at this time, we feel weary with a burden that weighs us down. Sometimes we may forget why we are feeling this heaviness but I suppose our subconscious never forgets and then we remember.

This is the 19th year since our son was killed. You might think after 19 years that you would not think of it so often and truly we do not dwell on it. But I don’t think the time will ever come when we do not think of John and remember that he is not here and we miss him.

John’s childhood friend Tony Gilfillan died recently and I suppose his death opens old wounds and reminds us of the grief and heartache that family is now enduring. We hurt for them.

Both John and Tony were and are Christians so we KNOW where they ARE. But they are not here and it is the separation that is so difficult to handle. Being a believer does not eliminate the heartaches and painful things of living in this world, but being a believer, knowing a savior, Jesus Christ makes the unbearable, bearable. Because Jesus gave His life for us, we have the hope of eternity, of more. As wonderful as life can be at times, it is never enough ... we were made with a place in our hearts that only Jesus can fill and make us whole.

Life is filled with uncertainties but one thing that is certain, we will all die. Where we spend eternity is a choice. Don’t spend life living with regrets of what you have or have not done, don’t dwell on past mistakes or memories. Even good memories can be bad for you if you dwell on yesterday and fail to live for today.

Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son ... John 3:16

Living is hard. Without knowing a savior, without hope it is more than I can imagine. You have a choice, choose Jesus.

For John Eskind Hollingsworth

Bill and Gloria Hollingsworth