The Bible had its share of Prayer Warriors: Jehoshaphat, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the Apostle Paul to mention a few. “Prayer Warriors” are defined as people who are known for regularly interceding on behalf of others before God (www.AllAboutPrayer.org). I’m sure that my grandmother never thought of herself as a Prayer Warrior but believe me, she was! As a small child, I remember sitting down with my grandmother for a meal and wondering if I was going to starve before she got through grace. My grandmother taught us all to sit quietly and bow our heads as she began asking God for the blessing of our meal. She would close her eyes and rest her left hand on her forehead and she would begin by systematically going around the table and mentioning each and every one by name as well as every member of that person’s family. Of course her concerns far exceeded the physical limitations of her kitchen and home and would soon expand to family out of town and even out of state. I never ceased to be amazed at both the extent of her concerns and her deep devotion to her pleas. Many times tears could be seen streaming down her face and her voice would quiver with emotion before she finished. When Mary Cook prayed, I know God listened.
And when she sang, He listened too. As she worked around the house or cooked, she would sing one of her favorite hymns. She always had a yellow canary in a cage and she named every one of the birds “Petey.” Once her beautiful voice began to fill the air, Petey always joined in. Even as a small child, I was in awe.
She eventually shared her impassioned duties as Prayer Warrior with her daughter, Nancy, and her granddaughter, Marie.
Marie was the first of three Prayer Warriors that blessed me this Thanksgiving. It is always a delight to hear from her.
But then God sent two more Prayer Warriors to lift my spirits this Thanksgiving. My dear friend John Campbell who was originally from Patriot and now resides in Cincinnati blessed me with a conversation full of humor and warmth and included both politics and religion. John who will be 92 years young in February and I ‘met’ a few years ago when I first began writing this article for the newspaper. He contacted me then and shared some of his personal experiences as well as flattering me on my journalistic abilities. Our friendships with Dorothy Burley were our common denominator and oh, how we do still miss her!
John’s phone call was followed by one by Shirley Hewitt. John is the cousin of Shirley’s husband, David, as I understand. Shirley and I had a wonderful visit and I loved hearing about her family including daughter Tracy, who lives in Louisville. As I reflected on my conversations with both John and Shirley, I have decided to pray for the Pray Warriors this week. Thank God, we have such faithful servants!
Miss Patty is back! Patty Chase is home again and I could not be happier for her!
The Most Sorrowful Mother of God parishioners are collecting items for St. Vincent de Paul in the narthex/foyer of the church until the end of the year. Those items being requested include: canned goods, non-perishable food items, household items (laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper) and children’s diapers. The church is open to the public on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. for drop off.
December 5th at 6 p.m. will be the next Patriot Town Board meeting. All meetings are held at the Patriot Town Hall which also houses the offices of the Patriot Water Company at 352 3rd Street. All are invited to attend.
The Red HOT Hatters will be collecting personal hygiene products for Angel Tree until December 5th. Those items suggested include bar soap, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Anyone with items to donate may contact Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281 to arrange pick up.
The Red HOT Hatters are also collecting donations of blankets, toys, bones and special treats for the critters at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter on Christmas morning. Tentative plans are for the Red HOT Hatters to drop off their donations at the Shelter on Saturday, December 10th between 10-11 a.m.
The Red HOT Hatters’ third annual “Christmas at the Mansion” luncheon which will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 12th at the beautiful Benjamin Schenck Mansion in Vevay. Total cost per person will be $16 and will include: ultimate grilled cheese panini with Applewood smoked bacon, creamy tomato soup, fruit salad with honey and lime dressing served on lettuce leaf, lemon squares – tart but sweet, coffee or unsweetened tea. Reservations will be required by Monday, December 5th. ALL are welcome. Please RSVP to Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281.
Part of all of our Red Hat meetings is a voluntary gift exchange. Gifts should be wrapped or bagged and be valued at approximately $10-$20 and can run the whole gamut of serious to silly to curious or bizarre. Although we have been affiliated with the Red Hat Society since March 19th, 2012, our only three requirements for membership are: 1) enjoy a good meal, 2) have fun and 3) make new friends! Hats are optional. Some of us wear ribbons, bows or flowers in our hair and others go all out with wide brimmed hats with feathers and even ball caps with sequins. Not even everyone wears red and purple. If you are 50 years young or older, you are welcome to come and join in our festivities. If you are under 50, you are welcome to come as a designated “Pink Hat” with all of the same privileges. We normally meet once a month, either on a Monday or Wednesday at 11 a.m. If you are interested or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at (812) 594-2281. We would love to have you join us – with or without a red hat!
Cook’s Kitchen is really getting into the spirit of Christmas with its “Kids Christmas Fun” planned for December 11th from noon until 5 p.m. Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to participate. Marilyn is planning crafts, movies, pizza, soft drinks and a visit from Santa! Parents need not attend! “Give Mom a break” says Marilyn. Fee of $15 per child covers everything. RSVP to Marilyn by December 7th.
If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in on a particular date be sure and give it to me early. Thank you for sending me what you do every week – I couldn’t do this without you!
You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at PatriotNews1995@gmail.com.