Confehr: Reflecting on mothers, Capt. Ben, Bible study

Friday, May 7, 2010

"For all that you have done for England."

Those words are inside the cover of a pocket edition of the New Testament given to my mother.

Her grandmother wrote the words after World War II in the gift from one Episcopalian to another for supporting Bundles for Britain.

Mom is 87 and she's coming to live with my wife and me this summer. It's worth a mention this Friday before Mothers Day.

In another matter, last weekend I spoke with Capt. Ben Leming who flew Marine helicopters in Iraq. Leming mustered out of the Corps on April 30 and hit the campaign trail to be the Democrat running for Congress.

Leming campaigned here at 2 a.m. Saturday. He couldn't campaign until after he'd left the military. I asked him about a helicopter-landing pad to be built at the county's Emergency Medical Services headquarters here. The pad is a Leadership Marshall project.

County commissioners appropriated $2,000 for that during their April 26 meeting. Discussion revealed Maury Regional Medical Center paid much more for a landing pad near the hospital to follow regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency funded by Congress that could become an interest for Capt. Ben.

Commissioners appropriated money, knowing helicopter ambulances land in cow pastures, and elsewhere, when responding to accidents. Farmington-Rich Creek firefighters are developing a landing pad at their fire hall. An Air-Evac helicopter set down on land near the new ambulance station in Chapel Hill.

Choppers landed in or near rice paddies in Vietnam. Capt. Ben probably landed on undeveloped soil.

Leming is willing to look at both places: one at the hospital in Columbia; another at the ambulance station here. He declined to take a stand on FAA rules until he knew more.

He's a Democrat who could be a congressman. One of three county commissioners in the Leadership Marshall class building the helicopter-landing pad is Billy Spivey. He's a Republican who, because there's no opposition in the primary, will be the nominee for state representative. Both are military veterans. There ought to be an interesting discussion if Leming and Spivey face each other

Another veteran is Wayne Coomes, the speaker for the Rock Creek Bible Society on Saturday, May 1, at Lewisburg's Rock Creek Park.

As a young child in Indiana, Coomes attended a revival. He and others sang, "This is my Father's World." Its lyrics say, "Let me never forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet."

My father enjoyed the old hymns. Some of America's best singers and musicians came from the church.

Coomes' message endorsed creationism. He retold Bible history into the New Testament.

My parents were members of a church with a strong Sunday school. When I was a child, it was better than sermons in the sanctuary.

The Rock Creek Bible Society's practice of giving people Bibles is worthwhile. I think Mom will bring her pocket edition of the New Testament with her this summer.