2017-12-06 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

I received an e-mail from the Georgia Lottery Corporation recently and got real excited. That did not last long as I realized that it couldn’t possibly be a “winning” notification, since I had not purchased any lottery tickets and it was sent to the newspaper’s e-mail.

It was a news release regarding the winnings of 10 lucky Georgia Five winners. Each had won $10,000 during the month of November. Two of them were from Waynesboro and all of the others were from bigger communities. One of the winners, age 60, stated that she had won playing her birthday numbers. I am sure she won’t mind celebrating her birthday in the future!

I don’t think my birthday numbers would be as lucky for me. In fact, I don’t think anything would be lucky for me. I honestly can’t recall having won anything, except for some Georgia Press Association awards and luck had nothing to do with that – just work. But, it’s o.k. I have become accustomed to being overlooked when it comes to luck. I choose instead to rely upon prayer which has proven to be much more dependable.

And, I do it all of the time. If I misplace my keys, glasses or important papers, I pray. I pray when I bake a cake, mop, vacuum, pay bills or paint the porch. I pray for parking spaces, short check-out lines, disaster victims and safe shopping trips. I pray for family, friends, health, the weather, Christian leaders and sick dogs.

I also offer prayers of Thanksgiving for the same things when those prayers are answered. So, I am by no means making light of prayer. I couldn’t make it through even one day without prayer. I am just saying that I pray continually and receive results. Of course, the results don’t always occur in the manner I expect, but that doesn’t matter. It is still results.

Therefore, I have no need for lottery tickets and luck. The “Answerer” of my prayers, is much more dependable. (And, the one thing I have NEVER prayed for is a winning lottery ticket!)

Happy birthday this week to: Wanda Rhodes, Fab Black, Justin McBride, Cal Lee, Jessica Haley Godbee, Gilda Rackley, Anna Renee Godbee, Alex Johnson, Betty Jean Burke, Lovie Jo Roberts and Chris Clifton.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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