What we are thinking
As you drive by what must be the highest building in Elmore County, Alabama, located just south of downtown Wetumpka, the thought drifts by that the Indians, or Native Americans, or what ever name satisfies your people description requirements, that they are having the last laugh. The old Creek Indian Land boundary line ran up in a generally northwest direction from the Chattahoochee River and crossed the Tallapoosa River very near where the second Creek Casino stands today. At that point it went up into Elmore County slightly before heading directly west to the Coosa River on the south side of what is today downtown Wetumpka. In fact Boundary Street, on the south side of the Wetumpka downtown area, runs along that line. This boundary marked the last stand of the Creek Indians against the steady onslaught of the American settler's usurpation of their ancestral homelands. That the Creeks are back in Wetumpka, that they are completing the tallest and most beautiful building in the area, not far from their old boundary line, and that they are preparing to relieve the palefaces of much of the contents of their coin purse with their beautiful new casino, just has to make the ghosts of those Creeks buried so long ago in the vicinity of the new casino area howl with a laughter of vindication at last. For all the crooked land deals in which they were victimized in their lands east of Wetumpka, for the forced, long and arduous trip down the Alabama River to Mobile, from Mobile over to New Orleans, from New Orleans up the Mississippi to Arkansas, and the trek from Arkansas by foot to Oklahoma, payday has finally arrived. Few people in this area know that hundreds of them were killed when a steamboat going down the Mississippi ran into, and split apart, the boat on which the Indians were being transported upriver to Arkansas. And now probably more than 500 local white eyes will wind up working for them in their new facility. For the Creator of the universe, truly, payday is not always on Friday. But a reaping in the early 2000's is following the sowing in the early 1800's.
Below is a pic of field of broom sage, which is quite common in this area. While broom sage may not be all that impressive in its areas of growth, it was used often the early half of the 1900's to make brooms for sweeping the floors of homes in our area. My step-grandfather, John Henry Abrams, walked the countryside in the Red Hill area, cutting profuse amounts of the straw, bringing it home and using string to tie it into small handbrooms for sweeping floors, firesides, and porches.
Driving along some of our back roads the hardwood forests of our area may look pretty dismal until you come to a copse of beech trees. The beech tree becomes the star of the winter forest show in January and February. Their new penny coppery colored leaves cling to their mother branches until they are literally pushed off their limbs to make room for the new green leaves appearing in April. They present a beautiful scene to the passers by for about two months. Don't miss out on this wonderful show of nature by failing to notice them during this time of year.
Our President of the Red Hill Community Club, Paula Castleberry, sent me an email about a town in Michigan, Frankenmuth, being told by an atheist to remove their cross symbology from their town property. The city leadership decided to comply with the atheists requests. But then the citizens of Frankenmuth, one by one, began to erect small simple wooden crosses in their yard, so many that you could drive nowhere in the town without seein a yard with a cross. Checking this story out, I found it to be true.
It occurred to me that people who identify themselves a s Christians probably own a lot more pieces of property than do government entities. So why do we whine about the prohibition of the display of a cross on city hall property when every citizen in town, so inclined to do so, could display a cross on their personal property?
If our Christian faith is important enough to us to be concerned about locations where its symbology cannot be displayed, why should we not be very inclined to have the symbols displayed where we are permitted to display them?
To publically display a symbol of our faith certainly identifies us with that faith. But in the times in which we live, when Christianity seems to be becoming the redheaded stepchild of the worlds beliefs, there should be no hesitancy in our identifying with our faith.
Raymond Eugene Hall, Secretary, Red Hill Community Club
Mark 8:38 (ASV) For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.