Versailles News: On the threshold of hope


The Presidential election results has restored or renewed the hope of countless Americans. Many voters describe the results as a miracle or an answer to their prayers.

But there are some who, although they breathe a sigh of relief that Hillary Clinton did not win, are apprehensive with the election of Donald Trump as our 45th President of the United States of America.

Where does our hope come from? Surely it must be more than just an election. According to the dictionary, hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. But hope always involves a leap of faith as we move towards the unforeseen future. Therefore hope is not just an overused word as we hope for this and hope for that, but hope is a supernatural virtue.

Where does our hope reside? It feels as though we carry hope within our very being. Some say hope resides within our hearts, others within our souls, but regardless hope is not tangible like the spleen or gallbladder. Hope creates a sense of security, faith and joy which is felt physically, spiritually and emotionally. The desire for hope seems to be part of our DNA, which to me, reinforces its supernatural nature.

If the Trump vote was a miracle, an answer to our prayers, we must continue to place our hope in the “Miracle Giver.” He who hears and answers prayers. We cannot place our trust in one man any more than we can place our trust in ourselves. President-Elect Trump has a huge battle ahead as he confronts the “political establishment” which embodies both political parties. He will need all the prayers we can offer, therefore we must continue to place our hope in the Lord.

Upcoming events:

TODAY: The Versailles Veterans will serve their annual bean supper from 4-7:00 p.m. at the Vets Club. The meal is free to the public. The Museum will be open from 5-7 p.m. Also tonight the Hometown Christmas Celebration sponsored by the local businesses, will begin with the tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY: Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at the Versailles Eagles. Greenville St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: Greenville St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. to noon. Chicken Fry at the Vets Club from 4-6 p.m.

THURSDAY: Open to the Public Bid Euchre Tournament at the Versailles Vets Club beginning at 7 pm. $5 weekly fee with cash prizes to top three winners. Questions can be directed to Ralph or Diane Kunk at 526-3358. Also Thursday evening from 6:15 – 7:30, the Darke County YMCA of Greenville has a free class on preventing or managing diabetes. For more information or to get registered call 548-3777.

Nov. 17: The Village Green of Greenville is offering a free and informative workshop on Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Assisted Living Activities Room. Wartime veterans or surviving spouses may be eligible to receive significant monthly income from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These benefits may include help with your at home responsibilities such as lawn care.

KARAOKE: This Saturday at the Keyhole in Newport, and Nov. 17 at Platty’s Sports Bar.

Birthday wishes to Chad Feitshans II (2), Henry Uhlenhake (2), MacKenzie Dabe (3), Pastor Linda Dulin-Moore, Lilli Cusick (16), Zachary Weaver (14), Caitlyn Cusick (18), Jennifer Hall, Fr. Jim Simons, David Magoteaux, Jessica Griesdorn, Dee Stahl, Lauren Meinke, Maleah Bulcher, Shorty Keller, Carmen Kingrey, Lynn Langston, Karen Kelch, Dusty Francis, Don Purpus, Shila Magoto, Nina Barga, Marcia Davidson, Nancy (Tom) Subler, Joan Ruschau, Rose Lucas, Kevin Bohman, Janet Garber, Vicky Olwine, Kim Condon, Keith Hartzell, Diliana Miller, Madison Dortsch, Chloe Grilliot, Candy Stump, and Joe Hernandez, as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes Lori and Jason Hemmelgarn (4), Kelly and Kevin Luthman, Lisa and Joe Rush (20), Penny and Phillip Elmore, Angie and Scott Armstrong (19), Missy and Brad Francis (26), Sue and Joe Knapke (35), Dee and Brian Monnin (38), Marla and Ed Spencer (46), Jean and Jack Turpen (51), Rosemary and Jerry Paulus (60), and Ethel and Frank Lenker (61).

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Virginia Smith, John Subler, Kendra Lindemuth, Sally Monnin, Sondra Spangler, Kathy Wespiser, Angie Keiser, Mary Barga, Zane Francis, Theresa Turner, Al Bliss, Regina Fischer, Wilma Didier, Anabelle Subler, Steve Grilliot, Lavern Brunswick, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Fr. John White, Glenn Monnin, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Alan Stammen, Cameron Magoto, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Paul Cordonnier, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, Lois Youngker, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, Jan Turner, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, John Davis, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized or home-bound.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Dustin Barton (22) and Jerome Bey, Sr. (90); also remembering the lives of Nicholas DeMange, Duane Saintignon, Norma Stammen, Beulah Fine, Ella Benning, Theresa Alexander, Hilda Glynn, Vivian Wintrow, Ron Dirksen, Deloris Pepple, Ottis Gilmore, Jerry Timmerman, Carl Schutz, Phyllis Magoto, Alma Grilliot, Mary Ware, Bob Poly, Rita Baltes, Bob Tebbe, Ethel Mayo, Wayne McGreevy, Edith Richhart, Charles Francis, Florence Smith, Helen Shappie, Agnes Thiebeau and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing nears.

“Hope is an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” ~Hebrews 6:19

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” ~Romans 8:24-25

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ~Romans 12:12

By Kathy Magoto

Versailles News

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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