Take a Look Around

"Is she one of your majors? Yes. She was in an accident tonight and care-flighted to Harris downtown. I believe she is in surgery now."

Never the words you want to see appear on your phone screen as you are headed to bed. I was dressed and flying down Chisholm Trail Parkway in just a few minutes to be there for one of my kids, and more importantly, for her parents when they arrived from Austin. They were trusting me to help take care of their baby girl.

Turns out she was headed back to campus with another one of my students and apparently, a front tire went flat, over corrected and the pick-up rolled. Thank you, Lord, they were both wearing their seat belts. After four hours of surgery and a couple of days in ICU, one is home, improving daily and hopes to be back in classes in a couple of weeks, beginning her classwork on her computer. The other is back on campus, with her roommate behind her wheelchair getting her to class and the cafeteria. They both should recover fully, neither with permanent damage.

How quickly life changes. One second you are excited about a new school year and the next you are sitting in a waiting room at three in the morning, waiting for someone you care about to come out of surgery.

Take a look around today. See anyone who would leave a gaping hole in your life if they were gone? Pull them close and tell them so. Tomorrow holds no guarantees.

For 88.3 The Journey, I’m a very thankful General Manager Mike Agee.

88.3 The Journey Welcomes New DJ Tom Miner

 Tom Miner

Tom Miner

You can get to know Tom better by listening to 88.3 The Journey on weekday evenings from 7 pm to midnight. We're so excited to have him on board as we journey together towards the kingdom. Tom is SO fun to listen to, his voice will serenade your evenings from now on. If you want to welcome him, its tom@883thejourney.org

(From Tom) For as long as I can remember, broadcasting has been my dream job. From the time I was in elementary to high school, I was the news anchor at the school's morning announcements every morning. I even used my mom's hairbrush as a microphone when I was a kid!

Summer is my absolute favorite season of all. I love traveling, white water rafting, kayaking, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. I also really enjoy skiing and enjoying time in my backyard with a barbecue and neighbors over. If I wasn't working at 88.3 The Journey, I would want to be a high school principal or school district superintendent.

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
– Romans 12:10

The Father's Hand

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We were on the subway, on our way back to the hotel on our last night of vacation. The train was crowded when a family of four joined us for the ride. Mom and daughter found a seat, but dad and his young son went to stand in the seam between cars. Every time the train went around a bend, the floor would bend and twist, tossing the young boy around, with a huge smile on his face. Instinctively, he reached out and grabbed onto his father, who steadied him. Then the ride smoothed and he would let go again to ride the rubber gasket between, only to lurch around the next corner.

It made me think about how I reach for the Father’s hand when the ride is rough, even when it’s where I want to be standing in the first place. I’ll have to admit there have been a few times in almost forty years in radio I have thought about being done, finding a smoother train to ride.

I returned from vacation to find financial reports that show us about $25,000 short of our fundraising goal this fiscal year, interestingly the amount we were short when the power went off during the last morning of our Spring Sharathon. There are less than thirty days left in our fiscal year to meet that goal. The train isn’t going to come off the tracks, but it did lurch. If you can help us meet that goal, you can make a secure online gift by clicking here.

Thanks for getting on the train and standing with us where all the excitement is. Now all we need to do is keep hanging on to the Father’s hand.

For 88.3 The Journey, I’m General Manager Mike Agee.