(Brother Cheston Davis Jr., Sisters Millie and Peggy Sue)
By Ken Blue
“And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine… but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” John 2:10
Each life has its final chapter; written or unwritten. How long that chapter will be is anyone’s guess. I am confident a new and final chapter has begun for me. I am looking forward to its conclusion. I am not sure how many articles or sermons it will contain, but I hope to glorify God and edify His children with it.
It is fitting that this final chapter be called “the good wine.” I spent the first thirteen years of my life believing my biological father was dead. The subject was never discussed and that was that. However, my mother became concerned and decided to tell me as much of the story as she could.
In 1937 she met a man in the cotton fields of Missouri and nine months later I was born. She knew very little about him. She told me his name was Cheston Davis, and that he had lived in Stone County, Arkansas. Over the years I made a couple of attempts to find information about him or his family, but was unable to do so. I figured it was an impossible task and made no further effort.
A few months ago while in a conversation with my cousin, who knew the whole truth, she said she believed her daughter could give me some help. Her daughter is a detective with the Wenatchee police department, and within a week I had enough information to begin my own research.
A phone call led me to a young man in Missouri by the name of Cheston Grady Davis Jr. He and his family lived in the same area where my mother had met my father. He also has the same name as my father. After several phone calls, emails and an exchanging of family pictures, we came to the conclusion that we were indeed siblings of the same father. I received a wonderful reception by the family.
On March 6, 2010, I met Cheston, his wife and two of my sisters in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas at Captain Catfish for lunch. What a wonderful time that was! Each one had a story to tell, a hundred questions to ask and dozens of pictures to share. But, there’s more to the story.
All my life I lived under the cloud of being spoiled and an only child. Reluctantly, I admit to being spoiled by my mother, but I don’t want to hear any more that I am an only child. In fact, there were 16 children in all, and I was the second born. My father never knew of my birth.
Another wonderful ending to the story is that each one professed to have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Isn’t it great that God opened the “good wine” in this final chapter of my life?
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.
Barb Hughes says
My, my, Bro Blue, you have me in tears! What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing that blessing! Hope to see you soon!
Sal and Barb says
For a man growing up as an only child to now find you have 15 brothers & sisters this indeed is an amazing chapter in your life- and that they all say they are saved is such a blessing- what a reunion that your corner of Heaven will have someday 😉 we are so happy for you and that we can share in this story-LOVE THE PICTURE -God is so good!
How Sweet It Is!
Lois M. says
What a wonderful chapter in your life you are sharing with all of us. My heart is full for you…..I can’t even express how thrilled I am for you. God is so good and gave you the knowledge of this wonderful gift of 15 siblings….and even the opportunity to meet some of them. Praise Him, you get to see them all in heaven some day. I think of the family reunion you will have!!!
Stephen Blue says
I’m not sure why it is that for someone sooo spoiled, you didn’t spoil any of your kids. Hmmm…. 🙂
Alice Renfro says
Ahhhh, Pas. Blue, what a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I am so glad that God showers us with these little blessings along life’s rugged path.
Marie Seaman says
What an amazing story. Just reading gave me chills and a smile.
God Bless You!
Mike and Jodi Pass says
what a great blessing. thank you for sharing. it made our day!
Millie Morey says
I had a wonderful time with you and Joyce Big Brother. was a very happy day for all of us love you.
Cheston Davis Jr says
What a great day in walnut Ridge when I meet my brother. My God richly
bless him all the days of his Life.