Corinth 100 Years Later
- The Calling of Dan Matthews
Download and read this book by Harold Bell Wright
Corinth = Lebanon
I have asked myself over and over how I ended up here in Lebanon, Missouri.
This is a very beautiful place until you get to know some of the characters.
Many of you know that my Grandson was killed here. The killer still walks free.
I have wondered why.
I have wondered where justice is.
This past week found us at St. Johns hospital in Springfield, Missouri. My wife had to undergo bypass surgery. While there, an old work-mate was there; his son was in a bad car accident.
My friend told me that he believes Harold Bell Wright called me here. Who is he you ask?
Harold was a preacher and a writer. He preached here at a church in the early 1900s. Mr Wright also wrote a fictional book about his time here in Lebanon, Missouri. The name of that book is " The Calling of Dan Matthews ".
If you would like to read the book, you can download it at the link at the right.
Here is a little bit about Harold Bell Wright:
Harold Bell Wright
Mr Wright was born May 4th, 1872 and lived to May 24th, 1944.
He was first a preacher and secondly a best-selling author. Best known for his book, The Shepherd of the Hills, which was set in Branson, Missouri when he pastored a church there. He was a preacher for the Disciples of Christ all over the State of Missouri.
From reading the book,The Calling of Dan Matthews, Harold Bell Wright was not comfortable with Lebanon, Missouri at all. He feels there is a bad spirit engulfing this community. I believe I agree.
Most residents here were not happy at all with his book, The Calling of Dan Matthews. It made their precious community look bad. He was shunned because of it.
Here is a quote from his book:
"Neighboring towns that were born when [Lebanon] was middle-aged, flourished and have become cities of importance. The country round about has grown rich and prosperous. Each year more and heavier trains thunder past on their way to and from the great city by the distant river, stopping only to take water. But in this swiftly moving stream of life Corinth is caught in an eddy. Her small world has come to swing in a very small circle--it can scarcely be said to swing at all. The very children stop growing when they become men and women, and are content to dream the dreams their fathers' fathers dreamed, even as they live in the houses the fathers of their fathers built. Only the trees that line the unpaved streets have grown.... Corinth
Poor Corinth! So are gone the days of her true glory--the glory of her usefulness, while the days of her promised honor and power are not yet fulfilled.
And because the town of this story is what it is, there came to dwell in it a Spirit--a strange, mysterious power--playful, vicious, deadly; a Something to be at once feared and courted; to be denied--yet confessed in the denial; a dreaded enemy, a welcome friend, an all-powerful Ally.
Pictures of the church he pastored and more are above at the right.
The Calling of Froggy
I truly understand now where my friend was coming from.
I too have spoke and wrote words setting this town in a bad light. I too have been attacked and shunned by many.
There is a mighty battle going on here in the Spirit world I believe.
I truly think that with prayer, fasting, and the love of friends and family, this war will be won.
Read the Bible; the Corinthian's were a very loving people. There are many loving people here, but I also think money and power overwhelm the love.
Mr Wright describes Lebanon as being an eddy in a river. I agree. Many of the townfolk just want it to stay like the 1800's. While other communities are flourishing, we are on standstill. Church upon church around here bicker over little un-important things.
I must say to you the people of Lebanon or Corinth, let's break the cycle. Stand up for what is right and quit brushing the bad under a rug.
Let's get rid of this evil that hangs over this community.
It starts with the children. Just this week I saw figures that made me cry. This county out of all in the State of Missouri rates the worst in child abuse/ neglect. WHY???????? Not Kansas City; not St. Louis, but Lebanon.
I ask all of you to please say a prayer right now. I ask you to pray for this town and for my strength to see this battle all the way through.
The link to those hideous figures is below.
Thanks to all who care.
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2009 Greg Boudonck