Before we take a look at Wilsonville’s background and pray for that town, I wanted to share some neat things I learned over on the West Blocton post. Michael Logan, whose family has lived there for over 100 years, was kind enough to let me know the current mayor’s name – Mayor Gary Donner, and then answer some of my questions. He is the one who created a documentary about West Blocton. It was shown at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Here is some of the very interesting info he shared.
“Overall, West Blocton is a wonderful little town where people care about one another. You don’t see that much any more in this day and age. Almost a Mayberry type feel.. What impressed me most while researching the documentary, for a town of around 1200 people, what a rich history West Blocton had. At one point in time, West Blocton was one of the largest coal mining towns in the South. Another interesting fact I discovered was that the commander of Air Force One during the Kennedy Administration was Colonel James B. Swindal. He was born and raised in West Blocton and he flew President Kennedy to Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. During World War II, per capita, there were more people in the military from West Blocton then any other city or town in the United States.”
I was so appreciative of Michael taking the time to fill us in on what makes West Blocton unique and beloved. I would love to have these kinds of insights into all the towns and cities we are praying for! Now on to Wilsonville.
Mayor Lee McCarty
Located in Shelby County
First settled in 1812 by Henry W. Robertson and family
Incorporated in 1947
Named for Adam Wilson, an early settler to the Shelby County
In 1900, Wilsonville was the largest town in the county, with a population of 1600.
- Had hotels, various stores and a variety of industry – Cotton, logging and charcoal-making
- In 1932, the Wilsonville State Bank failed. The number of businesses decreased.
The WWII years (1940-47) brought many defense workers to the area for the huge DuPont powder plant in nearby Childersburg.
- Wilsonville was overflowing, with 2-4 families living in nearly every house
- Powder plant was later converted to a paper mill. Many families stayed on.
Psalm 90:14-17 – “O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, and the years we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”
There is nothing more satisfying then when we taste Your lovingkindness to us, Lord God. We are but dust, and yet You chose to make us in Your image, and to do whatever it took to have a relationship with us. Nothing and no one and no place can separate us from Your unfailing love. We too often lose sight of Your goodness and faithfulness. Establish Your goodness and love in our hearts so that we may not wander from You.
As I read through the historical accounts of the town of Wilsonville, I noticed it has a history of diligent and successful labor and industry. Thank You, Lord, for the work ethic that has been evident from the earliest days in this town, and for blessing their work the way that You have. We pray that that would not change, but that You would continue to bless this town and its economy. Let it increase and prosper. We pray that the business leaders, employees and residents of Wilsonville would recognize that it is by Your favor that You have established and confirmed the work of their hands, and in turn they would use it to invest in Your kingdom.
We pray that the people of this town would see Your hand at work in their lives and in their town. Let them turn away from the things of this world that promise to satisfy but only lead to destruction, and cause them to be satisfied with Your lovingkindness. Give them hope, joy and gladness even in the hardest places in life. We speak life over Wilsonville and every person in it. In Jesus’ name, we declare that every plan of the Evil One to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) in the lives of the people of Wilsonville would be brought to nothing, but that they would receive abundant life from the One who saves, heals and restores.
We pray for Mayor Lee McCarty, that he would taste Your lovingkindness and be satisfied in You. Let the leadership of this town see Your hand at work and give them the desire and the resources to join You in that work. Let them recognize that their own plans and successes will only lead to temporary success, at best, but that following Your plans will lead to eternal success and reward for them, their families and their town. Protect them from the enemy who wants to destroy them. Confirm and establish the work You have called them to do, and let it be richly satisfying to them.
We ask these things according to Your will, and therefore in confidence that You hear and will grant us what we ask. (I John 5:14-15). Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Only 2 more places to pray after this – Wilton and Woodstock! What has been your favorite place to pray for, thus far? Is there one that you’ve felt more burdened for than you expected to be?