Fall is fast approaching, these cool and refreshing nights are evidence, and the warm and sunny days are a last gift until spring. Rain would be a lovely treat and we can only hope it will come soon.
We lost a wonderful man this week. Andrew Kothmann was one of a kind and he will be missed greatly. I cant count how many times Daddy and I picked him up on Fridays to go to town for fish. And every time we dropped him off, he'd say, thanks for the buggy ride. He had the sweetest smile, sparkling eyes, quick wit, and an accent so thick you could cut it with a knife. I truly loved that man and will never forget the many meals and laughs we shared over the years. I am thankful that his pain has ended but will feel the sting of his passing for quite a while. I know Daddy shares the same sentiment.
Well, Daddy spent two nights in the Llano hospital this past week. We had gone in on Wednesday for another treatment for his kidney stone, but instead, they found he had an infection which prevented him from getting the treatment. The infection is now gone, and hopefully will not return with the future treatments. He was released Friday, and let me tell you, he was definitely feeling better. On Saturday, he was going nonstop from the time he got up; I had to ask him for a break! My brother, Bob Leifeste, came up Sunday afternoon and we were up early Monday morning to work the cattle.
Happy birthday wishes go out to my brother Bob Leifeste on the 2nd and Stuart Jordan on the 3rd. And happy anniversary to David and Beth Leifeste Alm on the 8th.
Remember Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink, Jane Krause and Anna Grace Durst in your thoughts. Please continue to pray for healing for Betty Kitchen, Jacob Bibb, Paul Toeppich, Kendra Kensing Code and Tad Leifeste as they receive their treatments. Also keep Helen Donop and her family in your thoughts. And pray for comfort for the Andrew Kothmann family and the Donnie Henderson family. Also keep Monica Cotter and family in your thoughts on the passing of her sister.
Continue to pray for our servicemen and women all over the world. My nephew Kyle Pierce, Matt Krause, Josh Calhoun, Stuart Jordan, Amanda Adams and Taylor Slocum are among those from our church family that are serving this great nation. We love and support you as you fulfill your duties.
On Sunday, November 7th, there will be a special All Saints Day event at the Art Methodist Church with a covered dish lunch following. Please come celebrate with us.
Also, on Sunday, November 7th, dont forget to set your clocks back an hour and get that extra hour of sleep when Daylight Savings Time ends.
Pastor Mark's sermon this past Sunday was entitled, Worth Saving? The selection from the Bible was from Luke 19:1-10. Jesus is traveling though Jericho where a man named Zacchaeus lived. He was the head tax collector and rich. Because he was short in stature, he ran ahead on the path that Jesus was going to walk and climbed a sycamore tree so he could see. When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and told Zacchaeus to climb down and hurry home because Jesus wanted to stay at his home. The Jews gathered around muttered and indignantly complained because Zacchaeus was a sinner, but Zacchaeus declared to the Lord that he would give half his goods to the poor and that if he had cheated anyone, they would be restored four times as much. And Jesus said to him, This day is salvation come to this house forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.
Jesus looks at our heart, understands our situation and knows us better than we do. Jesus understands and still loves us in spite of our hurts or bad decisions or mistakes, this is Godly love. He loves us and forgives us even when we continue to stumble. God never gives up on us. We should never give up on Him.