I'm a-goin to Natchez, Mississippi and will be giving two talks on Saturday, September 8, at an event sponsored by:
Birthday Celebration for our Blessed Mother
September 7-9, 2012
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-446-7700.
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I have never been to that part of the country--well, I did actually drive the Natchez Trace from Jackson to Nashville a few years ago, in one day, now that I think about it; and I also remember driving through Tupelo on some interstate but I have never sat down, broken bread with the folks, nor mingled. When I told Hedy how excited I am, she said, "I bet I could get them to give you hospitality at the plantation an extra night: why don't you stay?" So I said, "You know, I'm on Southwest, no fees, I think I will!" Then I started thinking, as I'll be flying in and out of the Louis Armstrong International Airport, Why don't I just stay a few more days and visit N.O., which I have been wanting to do since forever and never have? So I spent several hours looking at French Quarter hotels and then I confided my plan to Hedy and she said, "Oh there is Mary Lou, there is my sister-in-law Judy, there is my daughter and her roommate who have an adorable house with a spacious bedroom: any one of them would love to give you a place to stay and show you around if you want the hospitality."
As I told her, my first impulse was to say, No, thank you! I will swill coffee, skulk around graveyards, wander about to various churches for Mass, and seek out the area alkies on my own. But such is the working of the HOLY SPIRIT that my next thought was: Why don't you try it someone else's way for a change?
Which is a roundabout way of saying I am deeply grateful, I am deeply honored, and I deeply can't wait! Come to the Blessed Mother's birthday celebration! Or let me know of anything I should know/anyone I should meet in New Orleans (I'll be there through the 13th).
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit" [John 3:8]. These says, I never know where I'm going to end up...