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Showing off: Talent show at Senior Citizens Center draws number of participants, audience members

Talent was on display at the Thomson-McDuffie Senior Citizens Center last Friday.

"It is amazing the amount of talent that we have in McDuffie County," said Bristol Tiller, who serves as program coordinator at the senior citizens center on Greenway Street in Thomson. "God has blessed each and every one of us with special talents."

Acting as the talent show's emcee, Mrs. Tiller praised all the participants - young and old alike - for sharing their God-given gifts with others.

Merlinda Hill, who serves as superintendent at the local senior citizens center and helped coordinate this year's annual talent show, said, "I was amazed at the number of participants who came out. They all did a wonderful job. Everybody enjoyed themselves so much, because they got to see a terrific talent show."

Some of the participants sang, while others performed using musical instruments, danced and recited poetry. One participant, Wallace Massey, a 1975 graduate of Thomson High School, portrayed the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Wallace recited the famous speech by Dr. King entitled, I Have a Dream. Afterwards, Mr. Massey was greeted with a round of applause by the nearly 100 people in attendance.

Other participants in the talent show included: Jayla Mathis, Linda Teague, Margaret Henderson, Wachovia Mathis, Vertenski Lowe, Justin Ross, Charles Keller, Kaptured Reign, Willie Brown, Jr., Kimberly Ivey, Trynity Bailey-Usry, Tayonna Evans, JaCorvis Cobb and Bianca Turman.

Mima Hill's read a poem entitled, What if God Had an Answering Machine, which also received big applause.

The poem, whose author is unknown, reads:

I have learned to live with answering machines as necessary part of modernization. But I have often wondered, what if God decided to install an automated answering machine.

Imagine praying and hearing this: "Thank you for calling my Father's House. Please select one of the following four options: Press 1 for requests, Press 2 for a thanksgiving, Press 3 for complaints. For all other inquiries, Press 4."

What if God used the familiar excuse: "All the angels are helping other customers right now. Please stay on the line. Your call will be answered in the order it was received."

Can you imagine getting these kinds of responses as you call on God in prayer?

"If you'd like to speak with Gabriel, press 1. For Michael, press 2. For any other angel, press 3. If you'd like King David to sing a psalm for you, press 6. To find out if your relative is here, enter his or her date of death and listen for the list that follows. For reservations at My Father's House, simply press the letters JOHN, followed by the numbers 3-1-6.

"For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth and where Noah's ark is, wait till you get here. Our computers show that you have called once already today. Please hang up immediately.

"This office is closed for the weekend. Please call again Monday."

Thank God, you can't tell Him too often. You only need to ring once and God hears you. Because of Jesus, you never get a busy signal. God takes each call and knows each caller, personally.

Then you will call and the Lord will answer: You will cry for help and He will say, "Here am I."

Web posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009

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