84

My father, V. Richard Carter, would have been 84 years old today.

Amongst his belongings that I brought home last year was his graduate school commencement announcement. He completed a degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He was 26 years old when he finished seminary, soon to turn 27.  My mother was 23, soon to turn 24.  And I was ten months old.

Think of it — married less than two years, finishing seminary, with a new-born son, faithing that a church placement would be there for them.  And it was, in Coushatta, Louisiana, a town of 3,000 souls near Shreveport.

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