Approximately 6-10 years ago, Blanche Knox Parker wrote the following statement of faith:
I believe in God who is a mystery to me,
but I am not a mystery to him because he made me.
I believe in Jesus Christ who shows that
God loves me and forgives me when I am willing.
I believe in the Holy Spirit who is God with me,
guiding my life when I am willing.
Thanks be to God.
In November 1998, Blanche was asked to write another statement of faith when she was re-elected to be an Elder at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Blanche's term as Elder will end this upcoming December:
I was born a Presbyterian, baptized in Bethel Presbyterian Church where 4 preceding generations of Knox's worshipped.
My family prepared for Sunday on Saturday. Meals were cooked. I polished all the shoes on Saturday night. Sunday we rode in the A model Ford to church. Papa driving with one hand and directing our hymn singing, "At the Cross," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "Love Lifted Me." We all learned child's catechism and shorter catechism. I knew early that it all was important.
My father-in-law was minister of Centre Presbyterian Church and being a part of that family and having Charles as my husband and in that church was a great blessing and a growing time.
After Mr. Parker's [father-in-law] death, we moved to the Davidson College Presbyterian Church in 1960 with our teenagers and this was a good place to be. Charles' death in '79 was a real test and Charlie Raynal who had just arrived in Davidson helped me through it. My faith in Jesus Christ survived and grew.
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