How memories come alive at Christmas time. One of my favorite pastimes this time of year is to listen to old time radio. As a family, when I was growing up, we would listen on Sunday evenings to the Jack Benny Show and The Great Gildersleeve. After all, we did not have television as children and to have your own radio, a plug in one, was a wonderful treasure. Listening to the radio your imagination could picture unseen actions. It was not difficult to imagine the Shadow as being invisible or to witness Jack Benny driving a store salesperson to his or her wits end.
Our Christmas tree was set up on Christmas Eve as Santa was the one to decorate it. Many ornaments might have been broken by the fourteen hands of seven children.
But memories also go back to recent times and to my ministry before I retired. I miss the full time ministry so very much but there is no question that I am now hampered by my health. However, I have had some contact with many of my beloved past parishioners through my website www.walkwithkenboyle.com. That truly means a great deal to me.
Chris Horvath, who kindly oversees the website has renewed it and awaits my writing again. As of the New Year I am going to do my best to walk with you once a week. I hope you will join me again on our walks.
Looking over my life I have been so blessed to have known so many wonderful people in the churches I have served. I think of the hundreds of baptisms and marriages, and funerals and services that I have officiated at; perhaps I can no longer officiate at sacred events but I can walk with you in imagination through the written word as once as children we listened to the radio.
To all the couples I have joined together may God’s blessing be with you. To all the babies who have grown from infancy to adulthood you are not forgotten by an elderly pastor. To all the churches I have served God bless your present pastor and know that you too are not forgotten in a former pastor’s memory. Those who just come upon this walk with a man named Ken Boyle, find a new friendship.
Wishing all of you a Blessed Christmas and a joyous, fulfilling New Year. I look forward to walking with you again the first week of the new year and through the year to come!
In Christian Love,