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Rev. Joey N. Welsh: Small town virtues
ANOTHER ANGLE: the occasional musings of a Kentucky pastor. This column originally appeared in November 2005, in the Munfordville, KY, Hart County Herald and is reprinted here with the permission of the author. It was last posted for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, but seems just appropriate for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season. -EW
The next earlier ANOTHER ANGLE, Another Angle: A good name counts in Kentucky county names, Part II
By The Rev. Joey N. Welsh
Some thoughts on small town virtues
Several years back, at a mission study that took place at First United Methodist Church in Munfordville, a discussion question asked us to think about differences among urban, small town and rural lifestyles. We shared a number of insights and images, recalling circumstances that simply dont occur in big cities.
Frosts thought may be all well and good, but I think it is a far, far better thing to be in a place where people take you in because they want to do it, not merely because they have to.Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
When the tornado ravaged Munfordville early on November 6, many people suddenly found themselves in houses that were uninhabitable. Because so many kitchens were damaged and without utilities, lots of meals were served at the spacious new facilities of First United Methodist Church, where there also would have been space for cots, if people had needed them.
In most places such a disaster would require the services of a large emergency shelter for the displaced victims to bed down at night. Did that happen in Munfordville? No. It didnt take place because the people who found themselves homeless were taken quickly into the welcoming homes of friends and family, automatically and without any public plea, because this is how people practice the concept of home in these parts.
In big cities people often dont know even the names of close neighbors. In a small town, though, there is seldom such a thing as a stranger.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, lets remember to give thanks for the way people around here live out their ideas about the virtues of life, community and home, virtues that are found in precious few places these days.
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