probably was created for that, and were we living in a Cherokee village
he would be fulfilling that destiny given through his birth family.
will probably be more like chapters, as there is much to share.Here is “Chapter One” of River Dance…
mountains stepped out into the stream of marriage and shortly thereafter
followed a call into ministry. Ordination followed and soon they sat in
the living room of their mentor minister’s home. Internship was
exciting and difficult. Growling stomachs and saving pennies for gas to
travel each weekend were part of the preparation. They saw first hand the
poverty and despair that comes from living in a land without The River.
the placement of the coal pile being the reason for the split.
pastorate in the Allegheny mountains was welcomed. Lush and breathtaking
views greeted the couple every morning in this historic, artistic
quaint mountain town. A few warm-hearted people contrasted the chilly
winters and bone cold growth level of the congregation. They were
frozen in The River, damming its flow altogether.
wasn’t far- the Church’s Historian’s records showed no change in 10
years in attendance, missions nor financial incrementation) the two –
who – were- now-three packed up
glorious possibility of the presence of God and darkness’ eerie
attempts to prevail.
coffin in the garage and an ouija board in his bedroom. He eventually
killed his own child. Many times a strange presence was felt in the
parsonage. Discord seemed to come instantly between The Two. The Jewel
placed a book in the woman’s hands that was entitled This Present
Darkness. Eyes began to open and deeper understanding
the error, months were spent scouring The Book of the River in efforts
to document the findings.
“If this is true, and if this is real, and I somehow have missed it all
this time, please show me. Baptize me, Fill me with Your Holy Spirit for
I do not want any other.”
and understanding fell upon them both, individually, separately and
alone. No man nor flesh did this. God and God alone. The Two had been
introduced to The River. They needed a trail guide.
amongst diamonds in the rough who led them to others
a long time were suddenly answered and a fresh softening of their
hearts began to restore any damage caused by the resident evil.
Gifts found in The Book of The River, The Two still sensed something not
right in the house.
similar issue, they decided to apply it to the house. Praying through
each room, and anointing each door and window with oil, the house became
electrified. An overpowering odor emanated from the upstairs.
own accord, with the sounds of footsteps heard following it. Upon
praying through a room and anointing it, a peace was felt until the next
room was entered. The peace was restored through the prayer, praise and
anointing. Between the chimney for the fireplace downstairs and the
wall they found the source of the smell. Praying through they removed
the ouija board that had been tucked into the space. Taking it outside
and burning it, a deep, thick black smoke rose into the sky. The house
cleansed, The Two were now free to live there in peace and the journey on The River resumed.
Once you have tasted of this water, you are never satisfied with the
beverage of religion.
There is too much life, joy, peace that splashes
over your thirsty soul to turn back. The Two found themselves searching
after the river, hiking trails, looking for signs that would lead them
to its banks. It’s melodious, rhythmic rapids called out to them and
stirred something deep within that they did not recognize.
The Landlubbers were none to happy to see the young minister and his
wife tasting a different brew. Their palates were too accustomed to the
fermented flavor of old wine; their skins had grown hard and resisted
expansion of any sort. It wasn’t long before their left feet began to
get restless. The River was calling and several others heard the sound.
They too wanted more. After several months of banter back and forth
about The River, the right hands of the leaders pulled away from The Two
and the elected leadership inserted their left feet where the sun
doesn’t shine, sending The Two hurtling out to the curb. It was a
painful time of great shock, disillusionment and a test of the call.
As they wandered and wondered why the Lord of The River seemed to
have abandoned them, they did not know they had actually embarked upon
the path that would lead them straight into the rushing current itself.
agreed to go. For the woman, the thought of entering one of “those”
churches was intimidating. The many stories of bizarre activities caused
her to tremble as they walked in the door. But no pews were rocking, no
one was jumping around and each of the 3 chandeliers seemed to be just
fine in their proper places, hanging still. They were definitely not
prepared for what they heard and saw next!