Dobel Street | Metro Detroit

Another blessing

I’ve said many times on this blog that my family has been blessed over and over again since the reintroduction to my childhood neighborhood nearly six years ago.

Well, it happened again last night, coincidentally five years to the day of the first neighborhood reunion, which was followed by the interfaith service at Shield of Faith — formerly Holy Name — the next day.

On May 11, 2013, my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married at Holy Name in the spring of 1963.

My siblings and I wanted to do something special for them on this monumental day — and we will because of a telephone call I got last night.

Felicia Jennings — the daughter of Bishop James Jennings, the pastor of Shield of Faith — called to tell me that the church will be open to my family that day. My parents will be able to exchange their vows again on the same spot they stood 50 years ago, then again on their 25th anniversary in 1988 — even though Holy Name officially closed in 1991.

What really blew me away was that Felicia said that the Jennings family doesn’t consider us outsiders and would never charge us the substantial fee it costs to rent the church as non-members.

Wow. The surprises and blessings just keep coming.

Thank you, Jennings family.