Letters to the Editor – 05/27/15

Saved a life
Jerry was recently in a tree cutting accident on our farm. He was taken to the emergency room at Choctaw County Medical Center (CCMC) and then air lifted to the University of Mississippi Trauma Center in Jackson. It was there we were told that actions taken in the emergency room at CCMC saved his life. After a two-week stay in Jackson, we returned to CCMC for a swing bed.

I want to say how impressed we are with the CCMC-the hospital, doctors, and staff. The hospital is very modern, and the doctors and nurses are very professional and knowledgeable, while at the same time being compassionate and caring, going out of their way to do anything they could to accommodate us.

I hope the people of Choctaw County realize how blessed we are to have such a wonderful place to go to in a time of need. Thank you.

Jerry and Becky Orr

Enjoy God’s gift of life each day
Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.” How true this statement is when reflecting upon the years gone by in one’s own life, remembering loved ones who have experienced their home going and planning for tomorrow if it comes.

In the book of Proverbs 18:24, it states, “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Having recently celebrated 25 years of ministry and marriage, this saying has proven itself to certainly be true.

On Feb. 15, we were blessed with a beautiful reception in honor of this wonderful occasion. We were overwhelmed with numerous friends, family, church family and acquaintances who attended this silver anniversary with us.

Special thanks to our Soul’s Haven Church family, the Caffey and Campbell families, Christie Campbell Stroud (niece) and Jessica Rickman (daughter) for planning this reception. Over 120 people signed the registry book and greeted us with gifts, cards, handshakes, hugs and shared memories we will never forget.

The fellowship hall was donned with handmade wreaths, various tables decorated with blue- and silver-themed décor throughout the building. Homemade chicken salad served on croissants, toasted pecans, a variety of cheese balls with crackers, red pepper crackers, spirals, pineapple cream cheese finger sandwiches, a fruit and vegetable display with every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable, and Italian cream cake were some of the delicious reception foods served. Coffee, punch and water were also available.

A slideshow of pictures of our lives from birth to present with favorite songs from our courtship, wedding and present time was available to enjoy during the event.

We are so blessed that God has provided us with so many years of health and happiness in our life. Together, we have established a friendship, ministered and served our community, and built a beautiful marriage. We have found that there are three key components to enjoying this gift of life God has given to us.

First of all, pray fervently (James 5:16). One needs to pray about any decision, problem in life or the path to follow. Allow God to give you an answer to your situation. It also means to be patient, stand still and let God move in his time and his way. We are all guilty of wanting answers and solutions immediately, but sometimes that is not the way God works.

Secondly, listen carefully. One of Stephen Covey’s habits of highly effective people is to “seek first to understand, and then be understood. This can be difficult, but it is imperative to communicate with others in this manner if one wants happiness, joy and peace in a relationship. When a couple does not communicate throughout the day, one tends to build a brick wall by laying a brick each day when communication does not occur. Before long, there is a high and strong wall that cannot be broken through or torn down.

Thirdly, obey completely (II Thessalonians 3:14). One needs to obey the word of God totally — not adding or taking away from his word to fit your situation (Revelation 22:18-19). In most wedding vows, the word obey is used. One should not only obey their husband, but also obey what God says to do (I Peter 3:1).

Pray, listen and obey are three simple words that can create a harmonious relationship. Sure there will be some bumps and curves in the road, but with God’s help, the rough places will become smooth, and the winding curves will become straight.

What does it take to stay married these days? It takes trust, commitment, sacrifice and love. Marriage is a commitment and hard work. It takes listening, compromising, respecting each other, being patient and forgiving. Barbara Cage quotes, “Marriage is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals … they are even better together.”

Once again, thanks so much for all the time, effort, love and concern that was shown to us on our 25th celebration of ministry and marriage. Thanks to everyone for planning; implementing; organizing; delegating; preparing and serving food, cake and beverages; assisting with setup and cleanup, attending and sharing with us on this most special day.

Also, thanks for all the cards, phone calls, verbal congratulations and well-wishes from the public, text messages, e-mails, letters, monetary gifts, memorial donations made in our honor and beautiful gifts purchased for us to cherish for a lifetime.

We are richly blessed to live in a community who love and care for each other. It is our sincere hope that we have touched lives in some way and have been a role model for you to follow by the values, morals and standards we’ve stood for during our years of ministry and marriage. Remember, life is just a vapor (James 4:14). Enjoy God’s gift of life each day.
Living to serve and loving to give,

Bro. James and LaDonna Caffey

Ladonna and James Caffey

Ladonna and James Caffey