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January 10, 2018 Page 5C iR porter Pictured here with his mother, Kelly, little Gunnar Gifford only lived 12 days in this world but had an impact on those who loved him. He will be remembered with a 5K Run/Walk event on Jan. 13. By Diane Glideweil tives living or living near enough to keep up the site. Proceeds from the The 3rd Annual Remembering Gunnar Remembering Gunnar 5K go toward its rest0ra- 5K Run/Walk will be tion projects. Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9 The race route is only a.m. at Paran Baptist minutes from High Falls Church, 5691 Hwy. 42 State Park and Dauset North, Forsyth. The race, Trails. Registration is which runs through the $20. Trophies will be scenic countryside of awarded to the top two north Monroe County, male and female finish- benefits Congenital Heart ers, and all participants Defect Awareness and will receive medals. A Paran Baptist Church breakfast brunch will be Cemetery Fund. provided after the 5K. The inspiration for the Contributions of non- event is Gunnar Jesse perishable food will be GLfford, born on Jan. donated to heart families 19, 2015 to a welcoming at Children's Healthcare family only to slip away of Atlanta, Pediatric 12 days later in surgery Cardiac Units. that his mother, Kelly, There will be a FunRun was told had a 95 percent and other activities for success rate. Kelly orga- children and families. nized the race primarily The race especially wel- to raise awareness of comes military partici- Congenital Heart Defects, pants since Kelly joined which affect nearly the Georgia National 40,000 infants in the U.S. Guard when she was 17 each year. and later began working Gunnar is buried in the full time for the Guard Paran Baptist Church and has many friends cemetery, which dates and supporters among back to at least the military personnel. 1800's. The cemetery is For more information, maintained by a non- call 478-508-5867 or profit 501c(3) since so email gunnarsrunner- many of those resting there no longer have rela- PASTOR'S CORNER by Mafilyn Tucker Marek e Understar beyond worldly wisdom In the congregation I serve we observed Epiphany last Sunday. Epiphany means revelation. According to the gospel of Matthew, the magi, wise ones from the East, saw a new star in the sky, and, being wise, knew that it signaled the birth of a new king of the Jews. They came seeking this newborn king, and caused quite a stir. Herod, his advisors, and all of Jerusalem were afraid. Herod claimed that title, king of the Jews, for himself, and he had Rome's support. So he devised a plan to use the magi to discover the location of the newly developing threat to his power. The magi, armed with more information and the continu- ing guidance of the star, finally completed their quest and arrived at the home of the child and his mother. They paid homage to this little boy child, kneeling before him, likely with even more defer- ence than they had shown to wily Herod. They then offered him gifts fit for a king: gold to sym- bolize his reign, frankincense to symbolize his worship worthiness, myrrh to symbolize his death and days in the tomb. Rev. Marilyn Tucker- Marek This story invites us to consider again the ways in which people reacted to the birth of Christ. The wise responded by searching for him, and though they found the child they sought not in a palace but in a modest house and not in a capital city but in a small village, they still knelt, worshipped, and offered precious gifts. The foolish responded with fear, seeking to use strangers who should have been treated as honored guests to bring about the death of a child. God's reign does not come in the way we expect. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, '~ f you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is fool- ishness with God." (1 Corinthians 3:18-19) How different might the story have been if Herod had not heard the news of a potential rival with fear, but with curiosity? How dif- ferent might the story have been if the magi, upon learning the child they sought was not in a pal- ace, had not kept looking? Christ's coming invites us to give up worldly wisdom, and to behave as the wise ones did, in ways that seem foolish to worldly sensibili- ties. Christ's coming invites us to challenge our assumptions about what we expect, and who we will follow. Herod was a crafty and cruel tyrant, yet for all his worldly power God's plan was greater and God's foolishness was wiser. Herod does not get the last word. The magi, those mysterious visi- tors from the east who saw the star and sought the child do not get the last word. The child, who in this story could not speak, gets the last word. Thanks be to God for this epiph- any, for this marvelous revelation of God's self. May we continue to be guided by God's wisdom. And regardless of what Herod may say or do, plot or scheme, may we con- tinue to seek Christ in the unlike- liest ofplaces. Rev. Marilyn Tucker-Marek is the pastor of Forsyth Presbyterian Church, 68 North Jackson St. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at Pickled Okra, at the corner of Jackson and Johnston Streets on the Square. PASTOR'S CORNER by Angela Johnson reetings and Happy New Year to you! I want to share with you something wonderful that hap- pened for Reconciliation House Inc. I had been ill and hospitalized during the holiday season. As our annual Christmas dinner feeding was approaching, I thought to cancel it as our organiza- tion is all volunteers. However, the calls began to come in with requests and as I lay in the hospital bed on Thanksgiving thinking of how sad it was to be alone Angela Johnson and hungry, I did not have the heart. I also had several applications I had before Thanksgiving that I had personally helped people at the mobile food bank to complete. I thought how I could not disappoint these families. I got home from the hospital with less than a month to go with no grants, no donations, just need. I started making calls. In the end we fed over 500 people with donations that included food plates, drinks and manpower. This community and friends gave Christmas to many. Our volunteers ranged from a nine-year-old, who has done this with her mom and sister since she was three, to an 83-year-old volunteer. I cannot put it all here. I do think it is Good News worthy. Angel Johnson, Director, Reconciliation House, Inc. By Dr. Rodney Callahan feelings. This is normalwith the grief process. and to be expected. As Christmas Holidays are supposed 2. Acknowledge your approached, I decided to to be times for rejoic- grief and loss with a enjoy it and grieve also. I ing, not grieving. At friend or loved one. visited Dad's grave with Christmas we are busy Choose someone who has Mom and admired the shopping, eating, carol- patience and is a good lis- beautiful poinsettia she ing, giving, and celebrat- tener. In hospice circles, had placed them. My ing. However, grief can we have this saying: "A grief, sadness and loss interrupt the festivities if grief shared is halved, were overshadowed by we have lost a loved one. and a joy shared is dou-the many good memories I remember the first bled." I can't explain how of my dad's 80-year life. Christmas after my dad talking helps; I just know I asked the Lord to help died. I missed him more it does. me focus on those good than I could express. Who 3. Act on the resources memories and not on would make his fudge available to you. I readthe sadness I was feel- peanut brittle and spicy articles and pamphlets on ing. Dad always enjoyed cider drink? I was feeling grief and loss. I restudied Christmas, and I knew anxious and dreading the some of the Scriptures he would want me to season. How can I get that dealt with grief and enjoy it this year, too. through all this? I won- hope (see Ecclesiastes So I acted again. The dered. 3:1-8; Psalm 30:5; John greatest of all resources Let me share some 11; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1I accessed was my faith of the lessons that first Thessalonians 4:13-18; in the Lord and His Christmas without Dad Revelation 21:1-4). promises. Paul said, taught me. Explore grief support 'How abides faith, hope, 1. Accept that you feel groups. Some states havelove, these three; but the grief and loss. The empty hospice groups for adults greatest of these is love" stocking, vacant dinner and children. They also (1 Corinthians 13:13). I chair, and holiday memo- have counselors and had faith that God and ries may trigger these chaplains who can help [ could get through this first Christmas. There was the attitude of hope that grief is a process and healing can and does take place in time. The greatest hope was that I would see my dad again in heaven one day. Love can mean renew- ing our relationship with others. Nobody can replace our loved ones, but investing our love in others can fill some of the void we feel. The day I dreaded came. Dad's absence from the Christmas table was obvious. Then, something wonderful happened. Family members jumped the hurdles of fear and anxiety and started talk- ing about their experi- ences with my dad, W. Otis Callahan. We remembered with laugh- ter some of the funny things he had said and done. Although Dad was not there in body, he was with us in our memories. The next day, as I reflected, I felt a sense of relief. Christmas Day had passed, and by the grace of God I had made it. 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