To the editor:
I can understand the sadness that some people feel over the salvaging and disposing of the three houses on Redwood Street. I too have had past places of significance to me changed or torn down and have felt the nostalgic feeling of lost history. In many ways it is similar to losing a loved one to death. The physical presence of that person is no longer around and there is a feeling of the loss of one's past. Yet as we are often reminded at funerals, the past isn't lost when that person is no longer around, only the opportunity to make additional memories is gone.
The past history of those three houses hasn't changed or diminished. It is just as strong as before, but the opportunities to make future memories with them is no more. But the memories of the last number of years are not that good and the potential of making new glorious memories with those houses were nearly impossible. The memory for me of those houses is quite different than the memories of those who have been around Marshall for many years and saw them in their splendor. For me the memories are of houses that are run down; broken windows, siding and moldings; insides that are partially gutted and uncared for; grounds that are minimally worked with and only temporarily kept from being an eyesore.
The pain of watching someone or something suffer becomes worse than having them move on and new possibilities come about. I believe this is what Wesley United Methodist Church is able to give to the property along Redwood Street, a new and exciting future and purpose. Using a portion of the property for parking is only a small beginning.
Where God leads us has still not been firmly discerned but I believe it will give the property a renewed purpose and beauty. Some of our church members also have wonderful memories of those houses. Some of them lived in the houses making the houses part of their own family history.
Removing the houses doesn't take away or even change those memories; instead it allows new memories to be made.
Wesley United Methodist Church always appreciates any prayers for God to help guide us in our planning and use of the property we believe God has directed us to purchase.
Rev. Wesley Johnson