FTP: recharge your batteries

This past weekend Red, Cody, and I did something that I rarely do. I took a Sunday off. Taking a Sunday is one thing, but taking a Sunday in December is virtually unheard of in clergy circles. I’ve never done this before but needed to recharge my battery and everything was back to normal so I took the weekend. We went to Fredricksburg to visit some of my German high school mates, see a Chicago tribute band in concert, and eat some great German food. We also found West Texas’ finest auto museum. Sweet Dreams is a must see. It was a decadent weekend. I thank the members of the larger Methodist Church in Miles for giving us this pleasure. We watched the people shop and enjoyed the many amenities Fredericksburg has to offer.

I did not know that the region could accommodate so many vineyards. We haven’t visited any, but we might consider it on our next trip. There is also a very large new brewery. Maybe I should try some of their so-called German beers and see how they stack up against the German beers I remember.

With Christmas right over the hill, my wish is that you all get back that old-fashioned Christmas spirit of your youth. Do you remember the spirit that accompanied the smells and images that struck you when you walked into your grandparents’ house? I want you to experience these feelings. I want you to find the perfect gift for a loved one. The gift that brings smiles and tears from the recipient is what I’m talking about here. Hope you meet some lost, but not forgotten friends this Christmas. Call the person you thought about, but just couldn’t find the time to make that call. Do it and it will make two people happy. Relax and take the time to enjoy the holidays without expecting anything in return. Tip your waiter with cash and smile at a stranger.

KCSA radio station will broadcast a special edition of the Miles Circuit Rider for the holidays. It will be a New Years Eve program of Word and Music at 5:00 p.m. and again at midnight. It will air again at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. Hope you listen to our special program and tell us what you think about it. I am proud of what we put on the airways. I wish you all a very special and peaceful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

With recharged batteries I offer you these words. Remember what we’re celebrating this weekend and keep that spirit in your heart throughout the year. Do you well, Gary K.


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