Dave and I were doing errands last week and as we slowed for traffic, saw this bus. Many decades ago, I attended Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. It’s a Pentecostal Holiness college and, back then, wasn’t accredited nor was it a four year college. Going to EC wasn’t my idea, it was Mom’s idea. She wanted me to be in a safe environment, at least safer than she perceived VA Commonwealth University to be in downtown Richmond. I wasn’t even out of my teens and perceived myself to be…I’m not even sure now what my perceptions were but I wanted to attend VCU. Mom said, “no”. If you’re going to college, you’re going to EC and so I did but not happily.
EC was, then,
quite very extremely strict. Girls couldn’t leave campus unless they were in pairs, girls couldn’t wear pants unless in gym class or on the athletic field, students couldn’t date unless it was approved and the girls dorm mother, Miss Law, was stern and a bit rigid took her duties seriously, very seriously. To show you how much it’s changed, click here. You see that boy and girl, back to back, leaning against each other? No way would that have happened “back in the day” much less been made public! That was waaaaayyyyy too much public physical contact!
If you’re wondering why Mom chose EC, it’s because of her Daddy. He was a Pentecostal Holiness circuit rider preacher and, each Sunday, would minister to a different country church. Some times I’d be allowed to go with him…how exciting!… and well remember him receiving a dozen fresh eggs or, at Christmas, perhaps a ham and these gifts,
sometimes often, in lieu of money. Times were more difficult and money less available but people were generous with what they had and they had food. He was a fine man, a Godly man, a man after God’s own heart and still missed by all who knew him. He could play the violin and banjo and I like to think of him in the heavenly’s playing his instruments for God’s glory.
My heritage, both physical and spiritual, is rich, rich, rich. My people are Appalachian, for many, many generations and came here via Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. On both sides of the family preachers are in abundance and Granddaddy Samp, another fine fiddle player, was the first minister in Webster County, WV.
And now? Now, I’m so glad I went to EC and wish I’d stayed the entire two years. I didn’t. I went home after the first year and, eventually, was graduated from VCU. I’m not unhappy about any of it but do wish I’d made different decisions. God has protected me from my bad decisions, down through the years, and I just shake my head at the wonder of it all. Bless His name.
What’s your heritage? Where do you go and what do you do when times get hard? Times will, you know…get hard. The Good Book says so but it also says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you“. I cling to that promise and all His promises. The Bible also says it’s impossible for God to lie so cling to His promises, all of them. Remind Him, daily, of His promises and not because He needs reminding but because
you we do. All of us need to be reminded and the best way to to read the Good Book, daily. Trust Jesus, it’s the only way you’ll get through life with any hope of heavenly eternity.
Rebecca Writes hosts a grateful November and
today always, my heart is grateful for God’s promises. They are my soul preserver, bless His name forever.
Blessings ~ KJV Bible ~ God’s promises ~ Rebecca ~ EC ~ VCU ~ Godly family ~ Appalachia ~
Grace and Peace,