The early risers who managed to get to the front of the line on this dark and unseasonably cold Sunday morning in southern Georgia are the lucky ones. They will have the opportunity to warm up while sitting in the sanctuary of Maranatha Baptist Church on the outskirts of the town of Plains.
This is the church where former President Jimmy Carter has been praying and teaching for decades, and he attracts the faithful and the curious from down the street and around the world.
Those who arrived late will have to take a seat in the church’s overflow room and watch the morning’s main attraction from a live video feed.
While those in the sanctuary wait a few hours once they’re in — and get a healthy dose of advance preparation with strict rules explained by church officials in the meantime — they are about to participate in a unique opportunity. And if the rules are followed, will get to have a picture that will forever commemorate the occasion.