Mr. Sam

post date: December 23, 2007
This morning at church one of the pastors made a presentation to an elderly gentleman known affectionately to the entire congregation as "Mr. Sam." The pastor began by noting the price of gas in 1952 (17 cents/gallon) and the price of a new home ($17,000) and the cost of a stamp (3 cents). He went on to say that Mr. Sam made a commitment in 1952 never to miss Sunday School. Today he was recognized for 55 years of perfect attendance. And all of it has been at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. The congregation rose as one to cheer his achievement.
One woman called him the "Mr. Rogers" of Harrisburg Baptist Church. Another told me that he is beloved by everyone who knows him. I was struck by the commitment he made and by his determination to see it through.
So far his string of perfect attendance has lasted 55 years. And he’s not done yet.

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