To the editor:

I attended the graduation exercises for Brownwood High at the Coliseum. New to Brownwood, I hadnít experienced as much excitement here under one roof as I did Friday. Despite the rain, the place was packed, abuzz with joyful conversation!

Before the program began, I scanned the Coliseum thinking, ďso, it is possible in Brownwood to get folks to gather to celebrate life.Ē The color, age, or background of the people mattered not. It didnít matter what you did for a living; it didnít matter with what political party you were aligned; it didnít matter what night of the week it was. The weather and parking situation were inconsequential. Everyone (or most everyone) was there to celebrate the achievements of someone they loved. I was encouraged for Brownwood!

I want to take this a step farther. I am first and foremost a Christian. I am also a visionary. Though I came from the Carolinas, Brownwood is now my town. Because of what I saw Friday I know what I envision can happen. If the general population can gather on a rainy night for a high school graduation, then the people of Brownwood, and Brown County, who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior can come together to celebrate the God we love and to intercede for our county.

I foresee a day when thousands of Brown County Christians will fill the Coliseum to praise God and to humble ourselves in repentance, to pray that the light of Christ will shine here. I believe God is calling his people to unite under the headship of Christ following the Holy Spirit into the future God has prepared for us.

We are poised on the edge of a spiritual frontier filled with the wonders of God! Surely I am not the only one who senses the movement of God here in the center of Texas! The fifth monthly Community-wide Service of Worship to Praise God and Pray for Brown County will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, June 18, at New Beginnings Church in Brownwood. God is looking for people who will build up the wall and stand before God in the gap on behalf of the land.

Let us gather as one and wait upon the Lord in joyful anticipation.

The Rev. Mary D. DíAlessio

Union Presbyterian Church

Brownwood