Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Boots in the House and Saying Goodbye

Any Marine family knows "boots in the house" means your Marine is home, usually from someplace far away. Our grandson Drake is home right now, actually at his parents' home but they live very close and he's been in and out of here so I claim "boots", too.  Forgive me, I have to include a picture of my son and my grandson taken at church last Sunday.

If Drake looks a little tired, it's because he drove cross-country, 30+ hours straight through, to be at church that day. Our Pastor was retiring and that was his last service. I think it says something about both of them that a 19 year old would do that.

Pastor Ken Kirk has been our pastor for seven years. He's an extraordinary man. A retired Army Chaplain, he was a perfect fit for a congregation that is made up of many veterans, retired military, and some on active duty. As a two-time cancer survivor, he knows about pain and fear, and faith and hope. He's all about joy and loves to laugh, and people couldn't help but laugh along with him. He helped me though losing my Dad and when anyone was sick, he was with them at the hospital every day. He believes in love, kindness, and acceptance, and he taught us to be a blessing to others. He's a man worth driving 30+ hours to see one last time. 

Pastor Ken recognizes Drake in front of the congregation during his final service.

Pastor Ken ended every service with these words: "God loves you...just the way you are." I'm going to miss hearing that every Sunday. I'm going to miss him. God speed, Pastor Ken. And God bless.

I know it's a little late on Wednesday but it's still hump day so I have to include this.

Yeah, it's a Marine thing. 

Thought this was funny, I did.

I could hear Yoda's voice here and it cracked me up.

Okay, full disclosure - the following is a blond joke. Yes, I know they're not politically correct but I was blond before I was gray so I'm claiming blond rights. 

Bob walked into a sports bar around 9:58 p.m. He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV. The 10 p.m. news was coming on.
The news crew was covering the story of a man preparing to jump off the ledge of a large building. The blonde looked at Bob and said, “Do you think he’ll jump?”
Bob said, “You know, I bet he’ll jump.”
The blonde replied, “Well, I bet he won’t.”
Bob placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, “You’re on!” Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.
The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bob. “Fair’s fair. Here’s your money.”
Bob replied, “I can’t take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 p.m. news, so I knew he would jump.”
The blonde replied, “I did, too, but I didn’t think he’d do it again.”
Bob took the money.

Aw, come on. You know you laughed.

And speaking of "aw" it is. 

Yeah. Me, too. 

Okay, I've got to wrap this up so I can get it posted while we're still on hump day.  I haven't quite gotten into a good posting routine yet so bear with me if I'm a little off schedule. 

Hope I tickled your funny bone and helped you over the mid-week hump.  See you next week.

Thought for Today: (stolen from Pastor Ken)

God loves you...just the way you are.



Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, Pastor Ken sounds like such an amazing individual, for sure. As sad as it must be to see him retire, that's great how you got to know him these past seven years...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was really awesome of your grandson to make that final service. Pastor Ken sounds like a great man of God.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Some people just really touch us like that. Pastor Ken was obviously one of those people.

LD Masterson said...

Heather - He is truly one of a kind. Our whole congregation feels a little sorry for the new Pastor...such a tough act to follow.

Alex - It was a special day all around. And, yes, a great man of God.

Diane - I've never known anyone who made me feel closer to God.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm so glad Drake came home for a visit. Give him a big hug from me.

Pastor Ken found his true calling. I'm glad you were blessed to be in his flock.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi LD - Pastor Ken ... does sound a wonderful man to be around, to have near you and to be able to talk to and be with; love the photos you shared ... and fun sub photos! Cheers Hilary said...

Pastor Ken and Drake's relationship is truly heartwarming.

Have a great weekend, LD.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Glad your grandson made it home for a bit. Pastor Ken sounds wonderful. And his words are ones to live by.

Crystal Collier said...

Yup. I laughed. Oh my goodness, that camel! LOL!

So glad you've had a good pastor, and what a joy to have Drake home. Nothing beats family, eh?

Mike Keyton said...

Your grandson - pastor Ken and the blond joke brought a smile to my day. Glad to see you're posting again - I've been remiss in seeking you out and I don't get notifications.