Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

MilesTones • Rev. Austin Miles Falls From Grace—ful

Personal Note Exclusive to Readers of This Website:

One never has to test the laws of gravity to know that they work. Two weeks ago today, Palm Sunday, April l, (yep-April Fool’s Day) 2012, the proof of gravitational pull was effectively demonstrated.

After church, Shirley and I went to a friend’s home for Sunday dinner. Walking up the wide concrete steps, my sense of perception betrayed me, causing me to hurtle towards earth’s surface which could have been dangerous had it not been for a concrete step that broke my fall. OK, OK, it’s all how one looks at things, now stop it!

Hitting face-first (where my hands were I have no idea) produced a strange sensation (**see end of story) as my face slammed into the concrete, breaking my nose and leaving two black eyes to seal the event as official.

My head was bleeding along with the top ridge of my nose. I would later find some cuts and bruises on my body.

The scraping of my forehead against the concrete, made it look like hamburger. I was hoping that none of the Iron Chefs would walk by.

One of my witty friends, Helen Trautman, CEO of Results Unlimited of Pittsburgh, responded by email to the news: “Heard about the fall you took. Hope you are getting better. Catch you later.”

Very funny.  It would have been better if she had caught me when it happened instead of later after the fall had been completed.

The eyes blackened, giving me a Gothic look, which I always wanted to try. However, when I looked serious, which is most of the time, it took on more of a zombie look.

Complicating matters further, I had one funeral after another scheduled during that entire time. And to be walking through those funeral homes looking like a zombie was not the ideal situation. So I attempted to exude some kind of a personality rather than a somber look. I tried. I really did.

However, a huge MIRACLE came out of this. To have your face slammed on concrete without being able to guard it and the resulting injuries would have produced excruciating pain. READ THIS CAREFULLY::

The only thing I felt was the concrete against my face. There was no pain despite breaking my nose, getting two black eyes and cuts on my head and nose.  Again, I felt no pain.

It was as if God shielded my face with His Hand during that fall. There is no way under those circumstances that I could believe otherwise.

It is to be noted that two weeks before I had surgery on my nose to open the passageway in my nostrils. Will find out tomorrow, Monday, when I see the doctor, if any damage was done to the surgery. In the meantime, borrowing a phrase from Ms. Trautman, ‘catch y’all later’ ...except if you catch me first. Hopefully you will.

Blessings Dear Readers,
rev. austin miles (small letters used to show humility which I now have in abundance after that fall.)





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