Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note

A word from Rev. John Alsbrooks, Pastor

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles"
Isaiah 40:31

February 2019

But the Lord said to me: "Do not say, I am a youth' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you," says the Lord.

Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, "Behold, I have put my word in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant."

"B. B. King was born in 1925 in Mississippi. Growing up black in the South during the Great Depression wasn't easy. Life was always hard and often unfair. As a young man he traveled to Memphis where he heard such great blues guitarists as Lonnie Johnson, Elmer Jefferson, and Charlie Christian. He said his soul understood the music, and then he heard a word spoken: "You can do this." For many years B. B. King played the blues. He recorded, performed, and made tours of the world until his death in 2015. He didn’t compare himself to the legends he saw in Memphis, but he continued to play because he still heard the words that was spoken to him (Thomas Conner, "Long Live the King," Tulsa World, Feb. 1,2002)."

I believe that there is a word spoken for all of us that allow us to play out our lives in a meaningful way. Jeremiah was a young man when the Lord spoke to him. It was the call for him to be a prophet. Not an easy job to be asked to pluck up and break down, to call people into accountability, and to attack justice. He would be asked to plant and build up, to encourage people, to sow seeds of hope. It was an awesome and difficult responsibility, and Jeremiah's response was much like most of our responses when asked to do a difficult task. --"I don't know how."--

This is often the response when we are asked to help with church programs, offices of the church, visitation, teaching responsibilities, commitment, and 99% of all church activities. Yet, we want in our heart to feel called to a meaningful life and work, but we feel totally inadequate.
This is so very common. I can remember my call to be a pastor---"Me Lord!!" I have never done such a thing! I am not qualified! And fear came because I knew my own abilities. I forgot that even though I was afraid, God was the one doing the calling. God promises to give us strength and guidance. We are like Moses who hears the voice in the burning bush, like Gideon thrashing wheat in the cave when the angel comes, like Isaiah grieving in the temple when God appears. Like all of them, we respond in unison, "Who me? I can't." Left to our own knowledge and resources we are right, we can't!

But the message that God gives to Jeremiah is the same one he gives to you and me, "Don't be afraid, for I am with you." God gives us a call and the guidance and the strength to respond.

On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off by himself from New York to fly nonstop to Paris. No one had ever done it, and many felt the transatlantic flight was impossible. Lindbergh would encounter many problems. He ran into thick, blinding fog. His compass quit working. Ice formed on his wings, so he flew feet over the ocean to try to melt it off. Sleep was always a struggle. The flight would take thirty-three hours, and he had been up almost a whole day getting ready before he took off.

While alone over the vast ocean, Lindbergh said he felt a presence come, a presence that gave him strength to stay awake, guiding him through the fog. When he finally crossed the coast of Ireland, he was only three miles off course! After successfully landing in Paris, Lindbergh became a world hero. but for the rest of his life, when he talked about the historic solo flight from New York to Paris, he would describe it as,
" The flight we made."

I challenge you to step out in faith and volunteer for that meaningful work that God has called you to do. You will never be alone! Remember the WE!

We look forward to worshipping with you at the First United Methodist Church of Goldthwaite. A body of Christ with open hearts, open minds and open doors.

God's Grace,
Pastor John