Monday, June 21, 2010

Vacation, Last Day and Final Thought

Monday after Pentecost 4
First Day of Summer
June 21, 2010

The Lord be with you

Well we arrived home last night. Kitty and I got to bed after midnight. We began the day in St. Louis and ended in Spartanburg. It was a great trip, but we were all glad to be home. Before leaving St. Louis we went to see the Arch. Again it is amazing what imagination and determination can accomplish. This thing is huge! We rode up and took pictures. Then it was on the road again. We did stop for a sit down dinner. Back in the South, no one was cold. The snow of Yellowstone was a distant memory.

Here in the South we have lightning bugs (AKA fire bugs) in June. I learned something new about them as we returned home. If one hits your windshield in the night they continue to glow on your windshield for a short time.

While we were in South Dakota I saw a sign in one of those endless gift shops. This one said, “Drink more coffee and do stupid things faster and with more energy.” As I drink a lot of coffee it struck me as funny.

A parting thought: While it was really impressive to see the things man has made, they paled in comparison to the things God has made.

Just a few final pictures from our last day:

1. Rachel, Gregory, Dixie and Kitty at the top of the arch
2. Rachel and Dixie looking out of a window at the top of the arch
3. The shadow of the arch as seen from the top of the arch
4. How big is the arch? Fingertip to fingertip, Gregory, Kitty, Rachel and Dixie don’t even come close to reaching across the base.
5. The arch. Look at how small the people are.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert


  1. Happy Father's Day! What a wild, crazy, fun, amazing, awesome trip it has been!

  2. THANK YOU Kitty for all the comments throughout the vacation. You add a great deal of commentary that I just wasn't up to in the wee hours of the morning when I was making my posts.