Pat’s Chat (May 19)

One last invitation for you to come to Mary Ann Bucklew’s Memorial Service on Sunday, May 22 at 10 a.m. I want all of you who were acquainted with her and loved her to come to the Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church for the Celebration of her Life. Luncheon will be served after the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of her to the Buckhannon SDA Church, at P. O. Box 205, Buckhannon, W. Va., 26201.

There have been so many tragedies lately, it is almost difficult to tell you that Mary Ann’s Memorial will be a celebration of life. She loved her church; loved to sing there, especially if she was doing special music. Her great-grandchildren, Drew, Aven, Reeve and Adah, will be singing for us. They are the grandchildren of Bruce and Carol Bucklew and, like her, they enjoy singing for people. I am sure you will all enjoy hearing her talent carried on through her little great-grands. Everyone is welcome.

I enjoy articles written for the papers like my Pat’s Chats. Larry Knight often has an interesting story to tell, and this week is no exception. It is about a friend of his, Peg Leg McCoy. Also, Jeanette Riffle wrote about a Strange Squirrel, which they took a picture of and included. The squirrel has a white stripe down his back.

Another writer, Joseph J. Mazzella, touched my heart with his article entitled “A Single Piece of Trash” this week. He spoke to all of us. He and his children, when they were younger, would take a trash bag to the lake and pick up trash as they walked slowly, step by step, around the lake, picking up all sorts of things including an old shoe and took “one last look at the lake as the sun set. It looked more beautiful than ever and I felt like God and the angels were looking down upon it with us and sharing our smiles.” He went on to say that “at times the world’s problems can seem overwhelming and you wonder what you can do to make a difference. But the truth is everything you do makes a difference! Every time you stoop to pick up a single piece of trash you make a difference in God’s world.  Every smile you share makes a difference. Every helping hand you extend makes a difference. Every prayer you pray makes a difference. Every loving thought you think, every hug you share, every flower you plant, every animal you save, everything you do, no matter how small, makes a difference in this world.

“Make your difference today! Share your love. Shine your light. Live your life. Pick up a piece of trash. And make the angels smile.”



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