Above the desk where I am writing this post is a reproduction of a painting by a famous Kentucky artist named Paul Sawyer. The scene is a snow-covered road. The scene looks like it might have taken place in the late nineteenth century. There are several log houses, a wooden fence and a man on horseback riding through a big curve in the snow-covered road.

I love this painting because it reminds me of the time that we lived in Kentucky. I was pastor of a small rural church, a church very much like Rocky River Baptist. Vicky and Bethany and I spent 4 wonderful years there in the town of Frankfort, Kentucky. Daniel was born while we there.

This painting reminds me of those days in two important ways. First, it was a gift from the members of North Benson Baptist when we left to move back to North Carolina. Second, the scene is an actual roadway that we travelled often into town when we lived there. The curve that is in the painting is one that we drove our car around many times.

I don’t think we would ever forget those wonderful friends or that beautiful place even if we didn’t have that painting in our den. But it warms our hearts to look at it and remember.

The words of a favorite Bible passage, the singing of a worship chorus or hymn, even the familiarity of a regular habitual prayer, can be signposts that encourage us along the path of faith. So much in the world distracts us from Christ. Surround yourself with things that remind you to take notice of Him and remember His goodness and love.
Love in Christ,

Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC


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