July 3 Down Memory Lane

Langdale Baptist Church 1957-58, Valley, Alabama – now named Valley First Baptist Church

Cherub Choir, Langdale Baptist Church 1957

            As my husband and I drove across Alabama recently, I realized that we would be going through Valley,Alabama, formerly an area called Langdale.  It was there that I attended kindergarten, first and second grade.  My dad was the minister of music and education at the Langdale Baptist Church, now called First Baptist Church, Valley.  What a precious thing it is to discover that for all the changes in the valley during these past 50 plus years, many things have remained the same.  Houses I lived in, the kindergarten building, the elementary school, and the church, still stand.  This church holds many precious memories for me, and significant milestones on my life journey.  It was here that my dad led many choirs and I was in the “cherub choir” (for kindergarteners), here that I remember looking across the valley and seeing the life size Nativity each Christmas (still being displayed), here that my second grade teacher, Miss Hooten, sang in the adult choir, and here that I was baptized as a young Christian.  My Christian life began in this church and has continued to grow from those small beginnings. As we drove through the town, landmarks and memories rushed to my mind and I realized just how precious the memories of days gone by have become to my heart.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mike Mallicoat on July 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Ritch,
    Enjoying reading your daily devotions. Please keep up the great work! Love it!
    Thanks.
    Mike Mallicoat

    Reply

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