BY JO BETH BOYLES |
My part time job involves local travel in the surrounding areas of Winston-Salem. Many times I will stop in a church parking lot and catch up on paperwork and then get a little walk in around the cemetery. Sometimes a Diet Dr. Pepper and a pack of nabs will be enjoyed on the church steps. I feel welcome no matter the denomination. I am not bringing anything to these places of worship but they are providing a temporary haven for me.
Once in a while, a church parking lot will be roped off and this makes me sad as I feel unwelcome. One Wednesday evening, I was driving back from Surry County. It was a night which has traditionally been when many houses of Worship will hold midweek activities and prayer services. Many of the Lord’s homes were dark and empty. We can blame COVID-19 but in truth, many have fallen away from the peace of Salvation that can only come from Jesus Christ. We see this lack of peace in our city. Social policy, poverty, and bias can all be mentioned as causes but in truth it is because of the lack of Jesus Christ’s light in lives. People have roped their hearts off to the truth of the Gospel.
Jo Beth Boyles has a great appreciation for history and genealogy. She serves the Lord by playing the flute at Bethabara Moravian Church. Her husband, Robby, sings in the choir and she has two grown children, Katie and Robert.
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