Ad Spot
A. Ray Lee ss

In his hands 

By A. Ray Lee 

Columnist 

In a recent cartoon, Blondie asked Dagwood if he had made any New Year’s resolutions. He replied: “Nope. I have decided to skip it this year. I want to see what it is like to have a guilt-free year.”  

I have never been one to make a lot of New Year’s resolutions. To me, they seem to dwell more on reliving the mistakes of the past than reaching out to the possibilities of the future.  

I have made only one for this year.   

As 2021 came to a close, I had ample opportunity to review the past and look toward the future. For several weeks as I dealt with the COVID-19 virus, I did not leave Lee Road other than on medical trips. My only companions were Miss Nellie the cat – who some years ago came in out of the wild and, liking the accommodations, decided to stay – and a twice-rescued loveable pooch named Sophia who thinks she is the mistress of the manor.  

Yet life continued.  

Another birthday occurred, and Laura made sure I had a German Chocolate cake like her mother used to bake. Other family members and friends sent restaurant gift cards, which I used for take-out meals and hoarded for future use. I was cheered by numerous texts from friends old and new. 

By Christmas week, the effects of the virus began to ebb. Not knowing, however, whether I was still contagious or not, I chose a low-key observance, accepting no visitors.  

On Christmas Eve, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Evie drove over from Florence to leave gifts left at the door and wish me a Merry Christmas through patio windows.  

On Christmas Day I sat down to a delicious meal prepared and delivered by daughter-in-law Deidra.  

In the evening I reviewed once again all the beautiful cards I had received and gave thanks for a caring family and a multitude of friends. 

As the days of the year begin to lengthen, my one resolution is to get on with life and live each day thankful for the blessings I have received from my creator.  

I choose not to have a fatalistic approach toward an alterable future but rather accept by faith the truth of the words written by David after a long and varied life. As he summed up his life experiences, he asserted, “My times are in thy hand” (Psalm 31:15 KJV). 

I can confidently face the future in faith, knowing in whose hands my life rests. 

   

 

 

Morgan County

Stadthagen named to three legislative committees  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan’s jobless rate among lowest statewide  

Falkville

Looking ahead: Growth on horizon for Hartselle, surrounding area  

Hartselle

American Legion Post 52 hosts annual speech contest 

At a Glance

Falkville man killed in crash

At a Glance

Somerville shooting victim identified

At a Glance

Morgan students graduate from JSU

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Educator Hall of Fame to induct six  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Flying high: Hartselle senior is dual enrolled in aviation program 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to invalidate hiring of new Hartselle superintendent 

Hartselle

HIS class of 2029 gives back 

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Priceville band raising funds for new uniforms

Morgan County

Morgan garbage rate increasing 20 percent 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Police: Hillsboro man sprayed ex with gas, set her on fire 

At a Glance

Hartselle native makes Dean’s List at Maryville College 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom  

News

2023 deer hunting safety refresher

News

Falkville man arrested for of meth, fentanyl

News

Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom

News

HJHS students ‘have a ball’ beginning American Character Program

lifestyle

In the community

News

MCSO answers common questions regarding permitless carry

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan students chosen for IMPACT 2023

News

Priceville man charged with child pornography

x