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Southern Grace QuartetWilliam Boyd shares a special story

Bowie County Life/Texarkana Gazette, January 5, 2011
by Pam Kumpe

William Boyd Chisum, the lead singer with Southern Grace Quartet, remembers a special memory at Christmas during a time when he thought he was all alone in the hospital.

“I was a young boy and all alone in the hospital. All the other children in this hospital had been discharged in order that they might spend the holidays with their families. I, however, was not able to be released and found myself the only child left for a skeleton crew of nurses who were going to take care of me. I was just too sick to go home,” Chisum said.

Christmas Eve night the nurses wheeled his bed out by the nurses so he would have someone to talk to and so he could talk to his parents on the phone.

“My parents were not able to travel the more than 10 hours in order to come see me on Christmas. As I tried to keep my quivering bottom lip from the view of those who were watching, I told my parents I understood. But, I really didn’t understand. All I could think of was that I was all alone and Santa Claus would never find me in that hospital,” Chisum said.

He hung up the phone and the nurses began prodding him to play his guitar and to lead them in some Christmas carols.

“It was just an effort on their part to help me to put the conversation I had just had behind me. We sang for what seemed like forever, and shared a cup of hot chocolate. As they wheeled my bed back into an empty ward B, the echo of their footsteps in a completely empty ward reminded me of how forgotten I truly thought I was. I felt like a misfit toy lost on the island of misfit toys,” Chisum said.

He went to sleep that night looking at all the Christmas lights out his window since they were lighting up the sky in downtown Dallas. He prayed that someone would remember him on Christmas Day and wondered who that might be, not having any idea that his prayer was also on Jesus’ birthday.

“I woke up when the ward lights came on with a nurse telling me to ‘wake up it’s Christmas.’ I needed to have breakfast, get my bath over with and get dressed. A nurse told me that you never know who might come to see you. Well, I figured nobody knew I was even in this hospital, except my parents. So no one was coming.”

Just as he finished getting dressed, Chisum heard voices. He thought it was many voices, and they made their way down the hall to Ward B where he was in the bed. The double swinging doors suddenly burst open as a group of people, all kinds of people he had never met before came in, wishing him a Merry Christmas and carrying beautifully wrapped presents of all sizes.

As they piled them onto his bed, he could hear them all say that Santa Claus had dropped these presents off with them to makes sure he received them.

“Sure enough each package had a name tag on it and my name was on each one. I had not been forgotten. Jesus had heard my prayers that Christmas Eve, and it wasn’t the presents that I was so happy for. It was that I realized that I was not a misfit toy lost on an island of misfit toys. The gift for me that Christmas was that I had been remembered, Chisum said.

“As I look back on it now I realize that the story of Jesus coming to earth was all about sending the message to a world of misfits. God had come to make all things new, and he’s saying, all through the ages I remember you.”

This same message is the one Southern Grace Quartet brings to their concerts, a reminder that God remembers who each person is, and where he or she is on any given night, even Christmas.

Chisum is the lead singer, Roy Dale Bray sings baritone, Chip Bricker plays piano and sings bass, Joe Ayers sings tenor and Don Peace plays bass guitar. To book Southern Grace, you can go to their Website southerngracequartet. com.

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