Little Brother

My brother John was born when I was 9, and I loved being a little mother to him. Back then, being in the South and in the fifties, we called him “John Ralph.” Fortunately, he outgrew that several years ago, though some over-80s still call him that. By the next summer, my regular duty was … [Read more…]

Queen Ruth

The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen! Ruth Williams was queen of her family, queen of the Central Church, queen of our hearts. She reigned gently but firmly, guiding and directing us to the end. As we met with her, even in her last days, she gave us her smile, her wisdom, her love. … [Read more…]

National Day of Prayer

The news is full of the pros and cons of having a National Day of Prayer. And the disagreement is not necessarily between Christians and non-Christians. Some Christians agree that it does not separate “church and state” as they prefer. Some non-believers do not feel threatened by it and instead have a “let them do … [Read more…]

Meet Findlay Mahony Boyd Byers!

In anticipation of her grandson’s birth, my friend Betty Jo said, “Babies change everything—and make it better.” So true! Findlay Mahony Boyd Byers was born at 3:25 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky. He weighed 7 lbs 6 oz and is healthy and alert. We are so blessed. I … [Read more…]

"In Christ Alone"

Though stating the obvious, I must say that God is pretty awesome. Yesterday I heard a great example of how he cares and works in our lives in even the smallest things. My friend Ruth is dying of cancer. The doctor gave her “weeks, not months,” a few weeks ago. She is a strong woman … [Read more…]

When God Puts Us Where We Need to Be

Once again, I see how God puts me where he wants me to be. My constant prayer is to be less self/family-centered and reach out more to others, and he is answering that prayer. As I was heading for home yesterday, I suddenly had the idea of stopping by Macy’s to buy some Clinique and … [Read more…]

Miss Eurie

In our Sunday class we discussed childhood mentors within the church and how they had impacted our lives. I immediately thought of Miss Eurie, who loved me and encouraged me throughout my growing-up years. (We pronounced her name “you-REE,” and in the South respect demands “Miss” before any woman’s name, married or not.) I don’t … [Read more…]