waiting isn't easy

Waiting isn't easy...


Waiting... we are forced to do it all the time and if we are honest, none of us likes it. "Normal" life is hard enough - waiting in traffic, waiting for the Dr. to call back, waiting for Christmas, waiting for dinner to be ready. At times, waiting is synonymous with frustration!

And now, in the midst of a pandemic, we are forced into an even more difficult time of waiting. When will life return to "normal?" When can we get back to work? When can I visit my family and friends again? When will we be able to meet in person at church again? Waiting, waiting, waiting... frustration setting in, depression and despair not too far away. Waiting is HARD!

We are reminded that waiting has always been a part of having a relationship with God. While we may not be good at waiting, God is fantastic at it. In fact, one of the most phenomenal of God's character traits is his patience! He waited until "just the right time" to send His Son. He has been patient with our short-comings and our fickleness. He has been patient with our rebellion against Him. He has been patient in our ignoring His guiding presence. God is good at waiting.

If waiting is a desirable characteristic for God, then certainly, if should be something we work on. Waiting brings growth, waiting grows our faith, faith grows our hope, hope grows our love! In the midst of the hard times waiting, allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through you. Allow this time to be God time... which will certainly help this become a Good time for us and our relationship with Him..

The Lord isn't really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9)

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. The will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. The will walk and will not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1:2-4)

"If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord's people have always been a waiting people." (Charles Spurgeon)

On the Saturday of Holy Week, we collected images of "waiting" from our congregation. Below those images are shared with the song "Linger/'Tis So Sweet." Please give it a listen! We've also shared the favorite old hymn, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."

Blessings!

David E. Payne



mustard seed


kfumc outreach update


drive thru mustard seed


children's ark serving our healthcare workers


kfumc kindness

caring for one another

Our mayor talks about Kerrville Kindness, so how will we respond to our health crisis with KFUMC Kindness? We have the following opportunities currently in place. If you have ideas for other ways we can respond to our church family members, please contact Donna at donna.magee@kfumc.org or call her at 830.890.8442. During this time, there may be others who need extra care. Please let Donna know of these persons so we can share Christ’s love with them. Thanks to all who continue to be the hands and feet of Christ by loving our neighbor.

Rev. Dr. Donna S. Magee

Associate Pastor

Kerrville First United Methodist Church

(830) 257-0841

www.kfumc.org

encouragement team & adopt a senior

Encouragement Team has been organized to send personal notes of love and encouragement to all of our church family living in the local care facilities. During their time of isolation from the outside world, we want to ensure them that we’ve not forgotten them and that we are praying for them. 

Adopt a Senior has grown out of one family’s desire to help a senior who needs extra attention. If you know someone who needs extra care, please let me know. We encourage everyone to check in on their neighbors, particularly the elderly and those living alone. Visits are encouraged.

feed my sheep

Hospitalized members are being called and/or sent cards while in the hospital, again to express love and concern. Once home from the hospital our care team members will continue their follow-up calls to check on the members and offer frozen casseroles from our Feed my Sheep food ministry. PLEASE call the office (or have a family member or friend call) if you are hospitalized and let us know you are there as we are unable to visit at this time. Please notify us also if you have a scheduled surgery taking place.

Our Feed my Sheep food ministry has stocked the freezer with casseroles, soups, and desserts. Our homebound members and bus riders are being called to check on them and any needs they have. Casseroles and food from the food pantry are being delivered. We are also offering to shop for them and pick up medications if needed. More volunteers for this ministry may be needed as time passes. Contact Donna if you are available. Teenagers and young adults out of school are welcome to help as well!

prayer ministry

Prayer Ministry continues. We want to know how we can pray for you and your loved ones. Submit your prayer requests online. The prayer list will continue to be distributed weekly.

Sunday School classes and small groups are encouraged to set up phone trees to check on one another.

Psalm 27: 1-3