Kevin remembers the angels at his home church

Kevin remembers the angels at his home church

The Rev. Kevin Blue celebrates Christmas with his wife Stephanie and children Kloi and Samuel.

 Holston friends share scenes from seasons past. Part 3 in a series

KEVIN BLUE, age 37
Vestal United Methodist Church
Knoxville, Tenn.


I was 12 years old and had just finished my confirmation in the spring at my home church, First United Methodist of Mountain City, Tenn. That was the first year that I stopped getting toys for Christmas. Instead, my grandparents gave me “The Wind in the Willows,” a great big green book with gold letters.

I really liked the story, and I took the book with me everywhere to read it. I even took the book with me to church on Christmas Eve. During the candlelight service, I noticed that the golden letters on the book were glowing. I angled the book so that I could shine the light on the faces of people I loved. They looked so pretty to me. Now when I think of it, I would say they looked angelic.

All those people are gone now: Nelson and Doris Gray, Becky Rivers, and my grandparents, John and Elveta Bellamy. They were teachers and leaders in the church, and people really looked up to them. I knew then, even at age 12, that I was very fortunate to be with them. 



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