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Neighbors in Religion: Giving thanks for another year, despite pain of losing son

Columnist Bea Hines
Columnist Bea Hines

Happy Thanksgiving Day, ya’ll!

I am so thankful that I have lived to see another Thanksgiving Day, although it is somewhat painful because I am still remembering my late son, Pastor James F. “Rick” Hines, who passed away two months before Thanksgiving last year.

For those of you who have suffered devastating loss, I am sure you understand when I say, “I miss him terribly.” Yet, I am so thankful that the Lord gave him to me for 55 years.

I was thinking about him the other day and remembered his growing-up years. They were tough ones for him, and for me, too. My Rick was a “man’s child.” He loved to go fishing and he enjoyed sports, both watching and playing. His grandsons, Jaylen and Varie, both 7, inherited his love for his favorite past-times.

I am a girly-girl mom and can’t imagine having to put bait on a fishing pole. It would simply mess up my nails.

Still, I would give almost anything just to spend a day on the creek, fishing with my son.

Anyway, I woke up Monday morning with thoughts of Thanksgivings past and the fun I had cooking for my mom and my two sons. Seems I could cook nothing they didn’t like. So, that gave me space to try out new dishes on them. I can’t remember anything they didn’t like except for a recipe I copied from Oprah Magazine. Oprah had put orange juice in her stuffing. It didn’t hurt my feelings that my family and family friend, Ruth Davis Beaman, thought it was the worst stuffing they’d ever tasted. I thought so, too

Looking back at the recipe I said to myself, “Orange juice in cornbread stuffing. Who does that?”

Apparently, Oprah does and she seemed to love it enough to share the recipe with her readers. Happy for those who like it. But for me, I’ll stick to the traditional cornbread stuffing, passed down from my Grandma Susie. It is fail proof and delicious.

So, as you read this column over a cup of coffee or tea, while you prepare the day’s feast, think of all the things you have to be thankful for, not only for a great meal, but also for family and friends, and strangers, too.

And think of me, because I am really thankful for you!


Many thanks to the Church of God of Prophecy Miami No.1, which honored me and Deacon Robert Ferguson at a gala dinner on Sunday evening at the Treetop Ballroom, on Parrot Jungle Island.

I was so humbled to have been honored, along with Deacon Ferguson, 91, who is both blind and deaf, but who still has a beautiful spirit.

It was the church’s annual pre-Thanksgiving awards dinner, a great evening spearheaded by Bishop Noward Dean, pastor of the church and Dr. Edwin Demeritte.

Several members from of my church, the Church of God Tabernacle in Liberty City, were there. One of my goddaughters, attorney Cecily Robinson-Duffie, accepted the honor for me because I wasn’t feeling well. Others who spoke on my behalf were Elder Oliver Gross from my church and my godbrother and godsister, the Rev. Dr. Walter T. and Minister M. Delores Richardson.

I managed to say a few words of gratitude, but I’m so glad they spoke for me because I was so touched I was almost left speechless. Now that’s saying something!


It may be Thanksgiving, but it is also time for some great Christmas music.

The annual concert of Ukrainian Christmas Carols will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church, 39 NW 57th Ct.

If you go, you will be treated with the beloved Carol of the Bells as it was originally written, as well as some traditional Ukrainian carols and some from other countries that may be familiar to you.

The concert is free and refreshments will be served after the concert. If you are still looking for Christmas gifts, there will be an assortment for sale. Call 305-798-0190 for more information.


The Revelation Community Education Center housed at the BAC Building at 6600 NW 27th Ave., wants to meet you. So you are invited to the center on Saturday to celebrate harvest time, meet new neighbors, have fun and raise funds for Women in Transition and the Revelation Community Education Center.

Free parking and admission. Call Joyce Reid at 786-281-8098 for more information. Vendor space is still available.


Speaking of gifts, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom will have lots of gifts for you to browse through on Dec.2 at the campus at 9400 SW 87th Ave. There will be a variety of Judaic items, handbags, stationary, children’s clothes, jewelry, crafts., women’s clothing and accessories. There will be home baked goods for sale, also. The shop closes at 5:30 p.m.. Call Amy Saffer at 305-595-1500, ext. 120, for more information.


Beit David Highland Lakes Shul will have an “Art Bagel” Gala and Art Exhibit and Craft show from 8 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 6 at 2600 NE 209th St. in Aventura.

This sounds like fun. The fair will feature “stellar works of art,” I am told, for exhibition and for sale. Some of the work was done by internationally and locally renown Jewish fine artists.

Try to make it for the opening night champagne reception, which will include meet-and-greet time and the opportunity to mingle with the artists. The gala will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec.7, and will feature a bagel brunch, a children’s art program and an art auction from participating artists.

Admission is free on Sunday and the cost is $18 per person for the Saturday opening night event. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Call 305-935-4140 for more information.

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