Thursday, September 11, 2014


Charles and Ruth Wright were extremely generous and humble. In 1940, things were much better financially than they had been previously. They built a small two bedroom, one bath home in Edgewood for $5,000. The first night in their new home, Ruth stood looking out the bay window where she could see the full moon and said "God, what have I done to deserve this?"

At age 16, we celebrated one of my most memorable Christmas'. Mother had the name of a family in need. My friend Anne and I took the five year old to Loveman's. We purchased clothes and presents and visited Santa. On Christmas Eve, I had the opportunity to visit the family in their one bedroom, sparsely furnished home, the little children asleep on the floor. What I learned from this was even though our family was on a limited income, my mother was willing to share with others." ~ Patsy Wright Burks

This continues today. Randy Calhoun explains why it is important to be a Christian-based business. "Because it is God's money. It is His business. And I believe if we become stingy with money, He can take it away." Lighting and Lamp, as a company as well as a family, has always contributed to the community. For many years Jim and Patsy Burks have been involved with the Big Oak Ranch, helping children who need a chance to be raised in a Christian family atmosphere.

Proverbs 11:2 ~ Solomon says, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but this humility comes with wisdom."

Both Charles and Ruth were very wise, and they were truly humble. They were always grateful and willing to share with others, regardless of how little or how much they had. This is true still today with Patsy and Jim Burks, Randy Calhoun and the entire management team with Lighting & Lamp.

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