FTP: Turkey, pecan pie, and giving thanks

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register
Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church

Sunday evening we had a combined community Thanksgiving service at the Catholic Church in Miles. It was well represented and attended. Hearing some positive preaching and singing set the tone for these days before Thanksgiving. I thank everyone who worked so hard to make it come to fruition.

Is everyone done baking, cooking, and getting the house ready for the upcoming activities? Remember these words and see how it works out for you. Say, “I am not going to eat as much as I did last year”. Wanna bet? The food is so abundant and as one person put it “you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by not eating what is on the table”. Did you ever eat your Thanksgiving meal in another room at a card table with your cousins? Those are some great memories. Are you a pumpkin or a pecan pie person?

I spoke with a lady Sunday evening and she said she could not bake a pecan pie. I have never had a bad pecan pie. I have had some that were better than others, but none of them were bad. I encourage you all to have a safe Thanksgiving. I ask you, if you are so inclined, to make a phone call to a person who was a positive influence to you as you were growing up. Call them and say thank you. Give thanks for them and their kindness extended to you. Channel Change.

These past few weeks I have collected many items in the ‘junk drawer’ of my mind and I am going to throw some of them out here. Somehow I got into the conversation about stinky tennis shoes and how distinctive that smell is. It was offered that soaking the offensive shoes in vinegar would remove the smell. I have yet to try it. My question is where does one deposit the nuclear waste created with that vinegar and the shoe jam.

Why do people have to yell at officials doing their jobs at athletic events? It is a tough job having to make a call in a one-hundredth of a second. Relax and let the kids have fun. Don’t embarrass these kiddos. They have enough pressure in their lives without having total strangers yelling at them. Parents might hear this also.

If you tip a food server please consider leaving cash on the table rather than putting it on your credit card. I urge you all to have a reflective Thanksgiving and realize how blessed you are. Pass on your blessings to strangers who may not be so blessed. Give it away and it will come back to you. Be Well, Gary K.