Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to several of the leaders of the community in Corinth, Mississippi. It was wonderful time but sobering as well to know that statistically, one out of every three women in our nation have been victims of violent assault of sexual abuse.
After the luncheon, my Corinth photographer, Cheryl Meints, and I headed for downtown. We had to share a malt at the Bourroum’s Drug Store, the oldest one in the state, and touts the oldest working pharmacist. Ms.
Camille is 86 years old ans still works. I got to see her and prayed that I would look half that good when I’m her age.
We ventured to the famous Crossroads. I have heard so much about the Crossroads in the few days I’ve spent in this history rich
community and surrounding areas. I already knew how critical that place was in the history of our nation. Right there in the middle of downtown Corinth, major railroads moved north/south and east/west. During the Civil War, it was the only way to get supplies to the Confederate troops. It was literally the lifeline of the south.
After the Union defeated the Confederates at Shiloh just to the north, they headed south and gained control of Crossroads, effectively cutting off the rebels. Some say it was this critical Crossroads junction where the war was won.
I walked onto the railroad tracks and looked back toward the station and realized the gravity of that piece of ground. I understood how important the Crossroads were, and how vital they remain today. Both tracks are still in use today.
Many times we find ourselves at the same type of crossroads in our own life. Who controls it will determine the future. And we have the choice of which direction our journey takes us.
I think back in my life to the many times I was at a crossroads and took the wrong turn. Things didn’t end so well. I’m sure you’ve had those in your life as well. You’re there, looking down the tracks that stretch as far as your eye can see in every direction. The possibilities are endless. Often the right direction is unclear.
The outcome of the Crossroads in Corinth, Mississippi changed the face of an entire nation. The crossroad in your life holds the same
significance. How you react to things in your life will take you in some direction. When you’re at the crossroads, chose your path wisely because it may just determine your destiny. At the least, it will shape your future.
I am so blessed to have stood on the very Crossroads that changed the course of the Civil War, and the future of this great nation we call the United States of America. I looked in each direction to the edge of the horizon and saw endless possibilities. I committed that I would chose the right path when I stand at the crossroads in my life. My prayer is that you will, too.
My time in Corinth will soon come to an end and I will be heading west to the Memphis area for a couple of days of service to the citizens of that area. I’ve learned so much during my time here. I want to say a very special thank you to author Pat Trainum (writing at Patricia Bradley) for being such a gracious host and for setting up so many engagements for me in Corinth. Pat took time from her busy writing schedule to show me this amazing place. Deadlines loom as her first novel will be hitting the bookstore shelves in February. Visit Pat at: www.ptbradley.com.
I would also like to say a very special thank you to amazing photographer, Cheryl Meints, for photo chronicling my time in Corinth. I highly recommend her and the wonderful work she does. She is known as the flower lady in this area. Please visit her website and follow her blog: www.corinthrose.com. You can email her at email@example.com. Please check out her gallery. You’ll be as amazed as I am!
Thank you all for following this epic Road to Freedom Bicycle Tour Across America. As I reach out to women I meet along the way, I will be your arms extended.