In my childhood, one thing was a summer constant. I would go to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at least twice–once at my church and once at my Grandmother’s church. Nannie (as she was called) went to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Ruggles Ferry Pike in East Knoxville. I liked the VBS at my church, but Mt. Carmel’s was different–it was during the day. More specifically, it was held from 9am-Noon.
Ruby Bell was the VBS director at that time and had been for a long as anyone could remember. One of my favorite parts of VBS there was right after we marched in and Mrs. Ruby would say these words in her sing-song, old-lady voice-“Good Morning faculty and boys and girls.” To which all the children would reply in sing-song, little-kid voices “Good Morninnnggggg Miss Ruuuuubyyyyy!”
I can still hear the exchange reverberating in my ears today. Except it’s a little softer now that Ruby Bell has passed away.
She slipped from this world into her Heavenly Home on Thursday, July 17th at the age of 92. I trust that on her first day in Heaven she indeed had a Good Morning–her best ever.
It seems that more and more of those who I looked up to as a child are dying. I’m not sure what is more sad; the fact that they are dying or the fact that there are fewer and fewer who are stepping up to take their places.
I’m thankful for Miss Ruby, for all the “Good Mornings, and for all the others who have helped me along the journey of faith. In the meantime, I hope that my life is a light to others so that more can experience that greatest morning that is yet to come.