Monday, May 31, 2010

Vacation, Day One

Monday after the festival of Holy Trinity
Memorial Day
May 31, 2010

The Lord be with you

Today is the first day of my three week vacation. Kitty and I, along with Rachel, Dixie, and Gregory, have begun a major road trip. We drove for 18 hours today, ending up in Midwest City, Oklahoma. We drove through the Great Smoky Mountains and over the Mississippi River. We ate a picnic lunch at a welcome center in Arkansas. Kitty and I were out our door by 3:00 AM, at Rachel’s by 3:30, and we were on the road by 4:30. We ate dinner at a place called Qdoba, a chain but one we do not have in Spartanburg. There is one in Irmo. It was very good with generous portions. Dixie and Gregory traveled very well today. The group picture was taken by Phillip just before we left. He is unable to make the trip due to work obligations. The river picture is the Mississippi. (It was too dark to take a good picture of the Great Smoky Mountains.) The last picture is while we ate lunch at the rest stop. Well that is all for now. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day. A special Thank You to the vets. I’ve always thought of our military as a small reflection of our Lord Jesus. They lay it all on the line for others. Jesus gave his life for others. A big difference is that the soldier is fighting for temporal blessings while Jesus fought for eternal blessings, specifically salvation. Still, there is a parallel we often do not appreciate.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

1 comment:

  1. We were smart from the beginning, with John's helpful scheduling: so as not to experience "driver burnout" we took 2-hour shifts; with 3 drivers that meant 2 on and 4 off. We were even smarter than that; we never let John drive until 3rd shift at least - until he'd had enough coffee!