Regrets

Aiken's First Baptist Church, as the Sun rose.

Aiken’s First Baptist Church, as the Sun rose on Wednesday morning.

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsoable”   Sydney J. Harris.  (a very interesting guy)

One regret I do not have is taking the time on Wednesday mornings from 0700 – 0745 to meet with some other men for what I will call “Informal Bible Study and Fellowship.”

The group, composed mostly of “Law Enforcement Types” started in late 2002 and has probably never had more than a dozen participants at any one time.  I was invited to attend just two months after they began meeting, while  I was an Engineer/Driver Operator for our City Fire Division. Close to being a charter/founding member, but no cigar.  The Fire Department was my “hobby” while owning and managing the two funeral homes. Hobbies are good. Getting paid for having a hobby is even better.

I do regret that there was a period when  I stopped attending for almost two years. Luckily, I was able to correct that bad decision and no longer need to live with the regret.

Just a few blocks from Headquarters, some of the guys just starting their shift joined us last week.

Just a few blocks from Headquarters, some of the guys just starting their shift joined us last week.

Finer, more genuine men I have never known in my life and I look forward to Wednesday mornings like few other things.

Thank you to Aiken’s First Baptist Church for literally giving us the keys and allowing us use of a room for all these years.  Thank you to the men (and occasionally women) for reminding me about priorities, faith, kindness and refelexively doing the right thing; all good skills to have in today’s world.

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About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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