CHRIST-COMING REVIVAL will be held at Viennaís First Baptist
Church beginning Monday the fifteenth through the nineteenth. This
yearís revival is led by the Reverend Dr. Harold M. Calhoun, Jr.,
of Macon, Georgia. The theme is ĎThe Temptations Of Man.í Dr.
Harold...," began the lead column in the Vienna News.
"Mama, do I have to go?" Ripís blue eyes flashed beneath
a gold cowlick.
Mary Ann propped the iron upright on the end of the ironing board.
It gurgled and hissed as small swirls of steam hovered above its
"Most certainly. Youíll go to the opening prayer breakfast
and every night service," she said, grasping the iron.
Saturday night the sermon began right on time. Reverend Calhoun,
preaching his finest, enlightened the congregation on the sins
caused by "Demon Rum." Rip, engrossed, sat perched on the
edge of his front row seat.
"The evils of drink have turned loving homes into living hells,
pitted husband against wife, and parent against child. It has ruined
many good people, separating them from their Lord. No other
substance possesses the power to send YOU to hellís eternal fires
faster than this most hideous demon," Reverend Calhounís eyes
blazed as he pointed toward the rear.
Ripís heart pounded, his breath grew shallow and rapid, his
stomach churned, and his hair bristled. He pictured his fatherís
bottle under the kitchen sink.
Iíve got to save Daddy! thought Rip, craning his neck to
search the back of the church.
"Repent! Cast out the Demon RumĖ"
Before Reverend Calhoun could finish, Rip tore from his seat and
dashed rearward. The congregation rippled.
"Daddy! Daddy!" Rip raced up the aisle. Stumbling beside
the pew where his mother and father sat, he gasped. "You got to
get rid of the bottle you keep under the sink!"
TOM DAVISí publishing credits include Poets
Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The
Fayetteville Observers Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and
II, and Special Warfare a professional journal
published by the US Army Special Forces School. Heís authored a
collection of short stories, The
Life and Times of Rip Jackson; a childrenís coloring book,
Pickaberry Pig; a how to book on writing a ranger patrol
order, The Patrol Order;
an action adventure novel, The
R-complex, and his memoir The
Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March from Private to
Colonel. See eBooks by Tom at the OMP
eBook Site. Tom lives in Webster, NC.