A Sunday Prayer

O Lord,

You are Holy. You reign over all that ever has been, is and will be. You are worthy of all our honor, praise and glory through every single one of our thoughts, words and actions in every single moment.

Thank You.

You hold each one of us in the palm of Your hand. You never stop loving us, never give up on us and never turn away. You personally take the initiative through Jesus to do for us what we absolutely need, but can never do on our own – transform our relationship with You, others and ourselves.

Thank You.

You forgive us again and again and again. You shower us with the fullness of Your unconditional, convicting, invitational and transformational love. You mold and shape each one of us until we become the unique person You have created us to be.

Thank You.

While we confess this is all more than we can begin to comprehend, we do know what matters most. You are holy. You first love us. You give us life that is abundant and eternal. And that’s why in whatever today holds, we choose to love You. More and more. Deeper and deeper. With greater and greater joy.

And we do it all through our Savior, Lord, Brother, Friend and Teacher, Jesus.

Amen.

Not What You Stop – It’s Where You Start

Like you, my life is filled with all kinds of distractions. Some annoyingly insert themselves, like spam calls that can’t be blocked. Others are both inconvenient and necessary, like having to drop everything and deal with the furnace that has given up the ghost just before the first really cold weather of the season arrives. And still others are deceiving because they don’t seem like distractions at all, like having toys (yes, adults do have toys!) that absorb time, energy and money. While many distractions are just part of life and have to be addressed, it’s these enjoyable distractions that actually pose the greatest challenge because they distract me from what I know matters most in life. So what do I – and you – do about distractions? The answer is not what you stop – it’s where you start. Which means being sure you start by loving Jesus with everything you’ve got. Because when you do, it’s amazing how life’s distractions are not nearly so distracting.  

A Question to Ponder

If you had one wish that could be granted, what would it be? If you could experience healing in one broken relationship, with whom would it be? If you could do one thing that would make a difference in someone’s life, what would it be? Questions can be difficult because they challenge you, force you to think deeply and can seem like they’re forcing you to make a choice. But good questions can also be wonderful gifts because they give you the opportunity to gain clarity about who you are, what matters most to you and what you need to do. So here’s a question to ponder that is both difficult and a gift at the same time: How much does God love you?

Phillis Veneal Holloway

Phillis Veneal Holloway

Phillis Veneal Holloway
September 2, 1927 – October 27, 2021

Phillis Veneal Holloway, 94, of Aubrey, Arkansas passed away peacefully at her home on October 27, 2021. She was born September 2, 1927 to Thomas Ellis Wallace and Nora Minick Wallace.

She is survived by four sons, Johnny Holloway (Brenda), Sherman Holloway (Janie), all of Aubrey, AR, Tommy Holloway (Pam) of Cottonwood Falls, KS, Rev. Geral Holloway (Angela) of Booneville, AR; two daughters, Vivian Atchison (Kenneth) of Aubrey, AR, and Jan Taylor (Gary) of Booneville, AR; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Brown (Joe) of Marion, Indiana, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John Holloway, three sisters, Billie Gideon, Delores Ferntilli, Maxine Wallace, and one brother, Rex Wallace.

She was a member of Palestine Church of Christ. She loved watching sports, gardening, fishing and sewing.

Graveside services will be held Monday, November 1, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Spring Creek Cemetery in Aubrey, Arkansas. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in Marianna, Arkansas. Family and friends may view and sign online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/Marianna

Margaret Ann Swaty

Margaret Ann Swaty

Margaret Ann Swaty
January 2, 1941 – October 27, 2021

Margaret Ann Johnson Swaty, 80, of Russellville, AR passed away on October 27th, 2021. Margaret was born in Little Rock, AR on January 2nd, 1941 to James and Edith Johnson.

Margaret graduated from Central High School in 1958. Following graduation, she worked as a teacher’s aide, a typist, and a legal secretary. She spent much of her career working at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Margaret enjoyed cross-stitching and reading in her free time.

Margaret and her husband Charles Swaty celebrated more than fifty years of marriage before he passed away. They raised three children together. Margaret was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.

In retirement, she was a proud grandmother, volunteered at the church library, and traveled with her beloved husband to Europe and Hawaii.

Margaret leaves to cherish her memory her sister Carolyn Mahan, her children Cynthia Ann (Jeff), Charles Roy Jr., Edith Grace (Bobby) and three grandchildren- Sarah, Rachel, and Jack, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at 9 AM, Monday November 1st at Henderson United Methodist Church with Funeral Service following at 9:30 AM. Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial in Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Henderson United Methodist Church.

Online condolences can be left at www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com