“Because I’ve learned something ladies,” concluded Deborah, “that if God gives you the strength, anything is possible.”
The class erupted in applause and “Amen’s!”
She concludes with a prayer, warmly dismisses the ladies, and heads to the sanctuary for worship. She gathers Shawn and finds Keylah and Tasha in their typical 3rd-row pew.
“Gramma!” shouted Kendra. Deborah said playfully, “Is that my grandbaby? Give yo’ grandma a hug.”
Kendra ran and squeezed her grandmother. Mrs. Cobb looked at Tasha and whispered, "Look at this baby's head!" Tasha whispered, "Mama, please, not now." They all took their seats, greeted their surrounding neighbors, and worship began."
Bro. Tillman led the praise and worship. The family always loved it when he sang; he was so passionate and encouraging.
“Let’s stand for our final song before Minister Banks delivers today's message,” said Bro. Tillman. He sang “Hard Fighting Soldier,” and this was little Kendra Cox's favorite song.
“Why aren’t you signing Auntie Keylah?” asked Kendra. Keylah gave Kendra a playful eye, and they all joined in with joy.
“You may be seated,” said Minister Banks. “Good morning West River!”
“Good Morning, Preacher!” said the congregation.
He welcomed the audience, encouraged the visitors, shared the scripture readings for the message, and began his sermon. This morning, he started to preach on forgiveness. The church was encouraged; however, Tasha was concerned for her mother. She looked at Mrs. Cobb, and Deborah appeared to be visibly impacted by the lesson.
Minister Banks said, “West River, God has forgiven us of so much; therefore, we must be able to forgive those who wrongfully hurt us. Can I get an Amen?”
“Amen,” shouted the congregation.
Tasha whispered to Mrs. Cobb, “You okay, Mama?”