Perils and Promises of a Parson's Family
Author: D. A. Sharron
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Based on a true story, Perils and Promises of a Parson's Family follows the young Goodson family to their first pastorate at a rural southwest Texas church. With warmth and humor, author D. A. Sharron shares the trials and triumphs her family experienced in their less-than-perfect living situation, invoking a sense of nostalgia alongside the reminder that God provides for his children in all circumstances-and that miracles still happen every day.
Waxahachie, Texas - early 1950s
Set up on a blind date by a good friend, Lucy meets Bible college student Luke Goodson at a church revival service. When she returns home, Lucy tells her mother, 'I've met the man I'm going to marry!' And in May of the next year, Luke and Lucy exchange their vows. Four years later, with their two-year-old son at her side, a very pregnant Lucy tries to ignore the first pains of labor as she proudly watches Luke obtain his seminary degree, enabling him to pursue his calling as a pastor.
Shortly after their daughter's birth, Luke accepts a position to pastor a rural community's mission church in southwest Texas. The small congregation meets in a quaint clapboard schoolhouse, they are told. The parson and his family will live in the old schoolmaster's cottage next door. Excited to begin this new chapter of their lives, Lucy and Luke set out for the small community of Dawson, Texas . . . and are met by an unpleasant surprise.
The tiny cottage is filthy, derelict from disuse. With two small children, no indoor plumbing, and only a rancid cistern from which to get water, Lucy despairs, wondering how she will care for her children's needs, let alone help Luke serve his new congregation. But God has bigger plans than she can see, and even in these circumstances, her little family never leaves his hand.
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