A Fellowship of Love

I thank God for the Church and for Christian fellowship.  I had the good fortune of being born in a loving, Christ centered home, and I have been faithful in attending church for most of my life.  For the past 42 years I have been a member of the Bishop Cummins Reformed Episcopal Church in […]

The Gift

Consider for a moment the beautiful verse that closes the beloved Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. What can I give Him,Poor as I am?If I were a shepherdI would bring a lamb,If I were a wise manI would do my part,Yet what I can I give Him,Give my heart. This theme has been expressed […]

Anniversary

Sixty-nine years ago, on December 16, 1951, my wife Ann and I exchanged our wedding vows,  Except for my two-year stint in the U,S. Army, we were together for the next sixty-three years. I believe that we were truly blessed to love and be loved.  We were always assured of each other’s faithfulness and commitment, […]

Keep the Faith!

When I was young I was taught to believe the following: We are children of a loving God. We are to love God and love one another. Although God made a perfect world, he created us with the freedom to make moral choices – an ability to choose either good or evil.  Through His prophets […]

She Walks in Beauty

Seventy-two summers ago I met Ann. I remember the first time I met her.  It was the summer of 1948 and the location was St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  She was an extraordinarily beautiful young woman, but it was only a reflection of the beauty within. I do not know how I […]

Remembering Mom

Mom as a Young Girl C1895  June 26 was Mom’s birthday. What a wonderful woman she was.  She had a heart full of love, and goodness radiated from her like sunshine.  How blessed I was to call her Mom. Mom C 1910 In 1912 she married the young Dr. Branch Tucker Fields.  A short twelve […]

Dad

1895 I loved my father.  He was 56 years old when I was born, so in some ways he was more like a grandfather.  I held him in awe, but he never showed me anything but kindness and concern.  He was a rock of support, a shelter in any storm. 1928 Lord, I thank you […]

Mother

Words are often inadequate to express deep emotions.  How does one describe love? I only know that I was wrapped in a cocoon of deep affection from the time I arrived on earth.  At the center of it all was my mother – that wonderful woman that I was privileged to call Mom.   I […]

He Loves Me. He Don’t.

  I know not whether the practice continues today, but in times past young ladies would sometimes dream of love and express their hopes by slowly picking the petals of a flower and alternately saying,  “He loves me.”  “He loves me not.” Back in the age of dinosaurs when I was a teen, I remember […]

Au Revoir

I have always been fond of the French term au revoir and sometimes substitute it for good-bye.  Au revoir literally means  “till I see you again.”  Five years ago, on April 17, 2015, I bade “au revoir” to my wife Ann.  As each day passes I come ever nearer to the moment I will see […]