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Published on November 2, 2021

Road trip to The Promise perfect anniversary present

By Shirley Prihoda
The Bulletin

Anniversaries only come once a year, and sometimes once is enough. This is our 32nd year of loving and tolerating each other.

Someone with a mind for business, most likely a merchant, made a list of suitable gifts for each year. It seems number 32 should be a mode of transportation. So, we planned a road trip?

We’re pretty much consumed with all things Jesus and thought The Promise in Glen Rose, Texas, would be ideal to celebrate our anniversary.

Our first trip to The Promise was 30 years ago, and the quality of the performance has drawn us back multiple times. We didn’t expect camels, horses, and sheep on stage, or a moat in front to facilitate the boat scenes with Jesus and the disciples. Each visit has brought additions, and this year was no exception. In the parking lot, full of buses from cities across Texas, we were greeted by Dr. Amiee Flournoy, a Family Practice physician in Glen Rose, in full costume. We learned she has acted in the production since its inception 33 years ago.

She is the current president of the board for the group that produces the play and has a heart set like flint to proclaim the healing and restoration of Jesus “Until the Whole World Knows!”

The script looks at the life of Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish family that consisted of father, mother, and two boys, one of whom is crippled.

The welcome and introduction was provided by the show’s director, Michael Wilcox. It was emotionally charged with gratitude to Jesus, His keeping power and to the veterans who have given unselfishly to obtain the freedom this country has benefited from for 245 years.

As my husband pushed with his cane to stand with the other veterans and the burst of grateful applause resounded through the night sky, my heart soared for this good man as he humbly stood.

Abigail Garcia, the dance captain and featured dancer, used all 4 feet 8 inches of herself to command the stage with her robust proclamation of the goodness of God. Her last song, “Ain’t No Grave”, had me on my feet, hands raised and voice booming as she brought the house down.

We sat transfixed for two hours as the 2021 cast became living and breathing ancient Israel. For most of the actors being members of the Glen Rose community, the acting was exceptional. One of them, too good in fact, was Larkin Felts, who played the role of Satan. One couldn’t help hating him for all his divisive wickedness.

The stage was frequently full of small children in full costume dancing and singing on cue! I’m talking 3-year-olds! It was amazingly wonderful to watch. Little children are the promise of our tomorrow.

Turkey Pot Pie

5 Tablespoons Flour
1 Sheet Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
5 Tablespoons butter
2 Celery Stalks, minced
1 Medium Yellow Onion, minced
1 Rotisserie Turkey Breast, chopped
4 Cups Low-sodium Chicken Broth
1 Cup Half and Half
1 Cup Brussels Sprouts, shredded
1 Cup Cornbread Stuffing Mix
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
½ Teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper
1 Large Egg, whisked

Cranberry Sauce

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry to 9x13. Place the pastry onto the baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the celery and onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook over low heat for 2 minutes.

Add broth and half and half. Add the turkey, Brussels sprouts, stuffing mix, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Cook for 6 minutes. Pour the mixture into a prepared baking dish. Place the pastry on top of the casserole dish. Brush the top with the beaten egg.

Make four slits at the top. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve with cranberry sauce.

(To contact Shirley, please send emails to john.bulletin@gmail.com or write to The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton, Tx. 77516)