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Shepherd's Heart
BOB STEWART

A Safe Haven

Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 8:59 AM
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  • Nice story Shep, thanks for sharing. It took me back to memories of the little rural church that I attended as a child, and a bit later joined. It was surrounded by woods, a gooseberry patch, and of course the attendant wild flowers, and woodland birds. Dinner on the grounds was a feast to our eyes, and ears, as well as the palate.

    I'm thinking that your little rural church, like the one in your story, the one described in the attached song, and that of my childhood, are all consistent pleasant memory factories.

    "Come to the church by the wildwood

    Oh, come to the church in the vale

    No spot is so dear to my childhood

    As the little brown church in the vale

    How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning

    To listen to the clear ringing bells

    It's tones so sweetly are calling

    Oh, come to the church in the vale" -William S. Pitts

    At this link is the story of the "Church in the Wildwood" it is also still standing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_in_the_Wildwood

    At this link is the song, as sung by the Carter Family, if you have a spare moment.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=song+writer+church+in+the+wildwood&mid=2EDE6...

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 11:15 AM
  • An historical tidbit: My grandmother was married in the Little Brown Church.

    -- Posted by Eric Crump on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 11:51 AM
  • Cool Eric.

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 3:11 PM
  • Thanks -

    The church reminded me of a lot of places I've been - and been involved with - over the years. It looked somewhat like a smaller version of the church I pastor now.

    There's another song - from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's second Circle album - that says:

    "There's a little mountain church in my thoughts of yesterday, where friends and family gathered for the Lord ... There an old fashioned preacher taught the straight and narrow way for what few coins the congregation could afford ... Looking back now that little mountain church house has become my life's cornerstone ... It was there in that little mountain church house, I first heard the Word I based my life upon."

    Needless to say - the words from that song were intermingling with the verses from "The Church in the Widlwood" while I was visiting the church at Virginia Dale.

    It was a pleasant experience, to say the least.

    -- Posted by shep on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:06 AM
  • Eric -

    Do you mean the little brown church written about in the song referenced by OKR?

    How cool is that!!!!

    shep

    -- Posted by shep on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:10 AM
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