Guest speaker Bonnie Wilson, the daughter of the Rev. Beecher and Francis White, was introduced. Beecher is the pastor at Washington Avenue Baptist Church, where Bostic is a member. She requested prayer for her father, who has cancer.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given and Calvin Davis offered the opening prayer.
In the devotion, Bostic talked about angels. She had a 12-inch light-up angel on the front table to illustrate her topic. She quoted Hebrews 1:14: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
“Angels,” she said, “are talked about a lot in the Bible. They are read about from Genesis to Revelation. We can easily think of summer without flowers as the Bible without angels, so if we believe the Bible, we have to believe in angels.” They can be right here amongst us.
Bostic said, that after Jesus’s resurrection, He returned to the glory of heaven’s throne. “The entire first chapter of Hebrews is devoted to telling us that He is as supreme to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to the angels. God, the father, commands all angels to worship Him and describe the angels as servants; in other words the angels are servants to the Lord,” she added. In referring to the Christmas season, she read from Luke 2:13-14, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
In her opening statement, Wilson talked about how God has been good to us. She said, “That’s the point of the best Christmas things you could ever think of. All through the whole Bible it talks about the coming Messiah and so many people don’t believe that He came.” She said her mother wrote a song called, “Messiah Had Come.”
Wilson said Christmas meant to her — besides the birth of Christ — it’s the wonderful miracles he’s given us. “Lots of times people associate Christmas with miracles and wonders,because the first Christmas was a miracle.”
I mean by that, she explained, “a woman — a virgin — would conceive a child and give birth to the Son of God and brought to this Earth to be our Savior. “The wonderful thing is He’s not in the manger anymore,” she added — He’s not a baby. We celebrate Christmas, because it’s His birthday, the day that the Savior of the world became flesh. My family is the other thing that’s so wonderful and that makes me think of Christmas traditions — family things that you get together.”
Wilson said this year with her dad being diagnosed with lung cancer and she saw him in a situation that she had never seen before. White was diagnosed with lung cancer even though he didn’t have the symptoms, not even coughing. Wilson said her dad got to the point where he couldn’t do any thing for himself. Her mother had to do everything for him while he was in a wheelchair, he couldn’t even roll over in bed without help. “But today,” she said, “my dad drives, my dad preaches, my dad does everything for himself. The only thing he mainly has trouble with is putting his shoes and socks on, cause he’s not able to bend over.” She said he has gained almost all of his weight back that he lost before, which is very rare with somebody undergoing chemo.
She asked, “So what does that have to do with Christmas? That’s my miracle — it’s my family, the ability to take my children and go with my husband to church and to hear them sing the praises of the Lord or even hear my son preach, my daughter sing, hear my dad preach, my brother preach — family. What a wonderful gift that God has given us. And God has entrusted others in our lives to tell about the miracle of Jesus’s birth.”
Wilson said, “I love the Lord and He is my best friend and I can’t expound enough on the Word of God and how much the Lord means to me, but my Christmas is gonna be special this year, because I still have my family and my dad is doing better. But I do know that there could come a day where Dad’s not feeling well, but I will not be mad at God.”
She said her 10-year-old asked, “Mom, if my papaw don’t make it, will you be mad at God?”
I said, “No, I won’t be mad at God, because God gave me my daddy for 40-something years. A lot of people don’t have that and my dad has given me a wonderful legacy to pass onto my children.”
Wilson concluded her talk by saying, “I love the Lord and I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and that God really shows out in your life this Christmas and if you’ll let Him, He surely will. And He’ll give you His peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace is a part of Christmas too — peace on Earth. (We) need to pray for our country that God will continue to bless us and to keep us and not give us what we really ask for and what we deserve, but that He will bless us and honor us.”
She closed by singing one of her favorite songs: “O Holy Night!”
At the end of the meeting, Bostic, along with several club members, shared their experiences and stories about their families and Christmas.
The first door prize, compliments of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood, was won by Joe Ben Chase and the second by Juanita Poteet. Chase prayed the blessing over the meal.
The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 29. Bettie Marlowe from the Cleveland Daily Banner will be the speaker.
For more information on the United Club meetings you may contact Bostic at 479-9207; Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Markie at 476-5426.