FTP: Recharging your batteries

Gary Karschner
Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church

This past weekend Red, Cody and I did something I rarely do. I took a Sunday off. Taking a Sunday off is one thing, but taking a Sunday off in December, is virtually unheard of in clergy circles. I have never done this before, but I needed to recharge my battery and everything fell into good order, so I took the weekend off. We went to Fredricksburg to visit with some of my high school classmates from Germany, to see a Chicago tribute band in concert, and eat some good German food. We also found the neatest car museum in West Texas. Sweet Dreams is a must see. It was a decadent weekend. I thank the members of the Biggest Methodist Church in Miles for affording us this pleasure. We watched people shop and enjoyed the many amenities Fredericksburg offered.

I never knew the area around there could accommodate so many wineries. We did not visit any, but we might consider it on our next trip. There is a very large new brewery there also. Might have to try some of their alleged German bier and see how it compares to the biers from Germany I remember.

With Christmas just over the hill my wish is that you all find that old-fashioned Christmas spirit from your youth. Remember the spirit that came with the smells and sights that hit you when you walked into your grandparents' house? I want you to experience those feelings. I want you to find that perfect gift for a loved one. The gift that brings smiles and tears from the recipient is what I’m talking about here. I hope you run into lost, but not forgotten friends this Christmas. Call that person you have been thinking about, but just haven’t found 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 server with cash and smile at a stranger.    

The KCSA radio station will broadcast a special edition of the Miles Circuit Rider for the holidays. It will be a Christmas 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. I hope you listen to our special program and tell us what you think. I am proud of what we are putting out 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 word. Remember what we are celebrating this weekend and hold that spirit in your heart all year long. Be Well, Gary K.