Bostic mentioned praye requests received and asked members, also, to voice their requests. Since Memorial Day had just been observed, she said, “Just remember, we are proud to be Americans — at least we know we’re free — and don’t forget the men and women who died, who gave that right to us to be free. And, she added, “Jesus gave his life that we would be free.”
Since April’s meeting had to be canceled, for the devotion, Bostic took the Scripture reading from Matthew 27:27-31 concerning Christ’s dying on the cross. To illustrate, she showed a crude cross she had made from branches of a dogwood tree and a crown of thorns. “Now these thorns are nothing compared to what our Savior had to go through what they put on his head and smashed it down,” she said. She mentoned she had concentrated on this lesson for April in tears and prayers.
The guest speaker Bettie Marlowe from the Cleveland Daily Banner was introduced and she read an excerpt from a column in the May 23 newspaper about Memorial Day before continuing her talk.
To introduce her subject for the meeting, Marlowe displayed a picture of a sextant and explained its purpose. She told about people who had shipwrecked on an island (fictional illustration) and the sextant was the only thing saved from the ship.
Many years later, another ship found its way to the island and the captain was taken to a cave where he found the sextant resting on a pedestal — the center of attention from the small group gathered around. They were chanting, “We are not slaves,” in faint remembrance they had been on a slave ship
Although they didn’t know what the sextant was, they knew it was important and they kept it for that reason. The visitor was told they had set it up as an object of worship and regularly met around it, chanting, “We are not slaves,” hoping through years for rescue.
The captain told them the glad news. He knew what the instrument was, he knew how to use it and their deliverance had come. No longer would they be stranded with the vague knowledge that, “We are not slaves,” and an unknowing instrument.
Marlowe compared their situation to when the Apostle Paul found people in Athens (Acts 17:22-23 KJV) who were totally given to idolatry. Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill and said as he was looking at the monument to the unknown God, he told them about the real God.
“The people in Athens and the people down through the ages have been delivered through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. To hear the word of God brings freedom and salvation,” Marlowe said. “And you know what the sextant is to us — it is the Word that gives us direction. It’s our sextant to chart our journey from earth to heaven with the glorious hope of life eternal.”
She read Psalms 119:133: “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me,” and concluded with the song: “Show me Thy ways, oh Lord; Help me love when I’m hated, Spread joy unabated; Oh show me Thy ways, oh Lord.”
The door prize, compliments of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood, was won by Calvin Davis. Joe Ben Chase gave the closing prayer as the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on June 24. Come early and enjoy hearing speaker Shanna Weekes, Spanish translator, missionary and teacher.
For more information on the United Club meetings, contact Bostic at 479-9207; Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Shawn Markie at 476-5426.