Speaking of staying, I am reminded of a conversation I had one day when I first moved off yonder to North Carolina. A co-worker was trying to explain to me the difference between a southerner from North Carolina and one from Alabama. “Around these parts people will say, ‘Where you stay?’ instead of asking ‘Where do you live?'”
But I can recall Granny Leona asking people where they were staying. Perhaps it’s an Eastern Southern thing as opposed to a Western Southern thing, but I’ve been asked that a time or two myself over the years, so it can’t just be a North Carolina phrase.
Still, I chuckled when I came across a scripture that seems to me is surely proof that David had southern roots:
“But the Lord was my stay.” Psalm 18: 18
The next time somebody asks me where I stay, I’m going to answer I stay with God.