Monday afternoon, Amy and I left with Bill and Brenda Rayburn to attend a funeral in Jennings, Louisiana. The drive is approximately 6 hours one way, so we stayed overnight in Baton Rouge. Other than some thunderstorms (one we were in for over an hour on our return drive yesterday) the drive had all the typical things you would see on an interstate drive including an accident and a near accident (all involving vehicles other than the Rayburn’s).
The main purpose of this trip was to attend the funeral of a sweet lady (Ester Kibodeaux) and to support her daughter, son-in-law, and son (Dan and Gerri Moore and Ron Kibodeaux) as they buried this Christian mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
We broke the trip up with three meal stops and as a group decided to avoid the national chains and find “local” places. Our first stop was Ky’s Bicycle Shop in Slidell, LA. A great local Cajun-American restaurant. Our meals included Amberjack, Sausage and Chicken Gumbo, and an Oyster Po-Boy. If you are ever in Slidell look them up! Our second meal stop was on our return trip. We pulled off the interstate in Lafayette, LA and found The Olde Town Grocery. Our selections were Shrimp Salad, Oyster Po-Boy, and Shrimp Po-Boys. This quaint little place is next to the campus of UL-Lafayette, so get there early to get a seat. Our third and final stop was in Meridian, Mississippi at Weidmanns. Weidmanns is Mississippi’s oldest restaurant and dates back to 1870. This was another wonderful stop. Our table had Shrimp and Grits, bowls of Seafood Gumbo, Lobster Rolls, fried Portobello Mushrooms, Creole Cabbage and Salmon, fresh dinner rolls, Blueberry Crumb Pie, and Praline Bread Pudding. If you live near Meridian or travel by this is a great stop.
But this is not a food critic or restaurant guide blog, this is a blog about living as a Christian. Our fellowship with Bill and Brenda as we travelled was wonderful. We talked about life, about church, about mission work, about Bible classes. Amy and I came home encouraged by spending 31 hours (minus sleeping time) with another Christian couple. Maybe the Hebrew writer has more than worship assemblies in mind when he writes, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb 10:24-25).
During the funeral message, the other presider made a statement that I had heard before, but had not really let sink in. He said that on our earth when the sun sets in one place it rises in another, and death for the Christian is similar. The sun may set on our earthly existence, but we find a sunrise as we enter paradise. That brought to mind a message I heard on the radio recently. The speaker made this statement about life: “We are not walking in the land of the living toward the land of the dying, but we are walking in the land of the dying toward the land of the living.”
Don’t live like you are dying, you are dying, so live to live with God eternally.