Weekly Letter from Pastor Reed

May 22, 2020

Hello Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds you healthy and blessed. This week, I was reminded of a couple of important and timely truths. Important, because, when held onto, they can aid in better living. Timely, because I was struggling to keep my attitude in check and was frankly, in desperate need of the reminder.

I awoke this past Saturday with mystery inflammation in my foot. I have experienced this before. In fact it occurs occasionally over the past ten years or so. As of yet I have not sought nor been given a diagnosis for what might cause it. Basically, it makes it painful to walk and it doesn’t improve unless I elevate and ice it.

This lack of mobility is always a bit of a hassle. Hobbling around on crutches is not my preferred mode of transportation. What is worse is that I am unable to help Kelsey with the kids and the dog. This is normally a bit of a nuisance, but during this time of quarantine it has proven to be downright stressful for Kelsey, the kids, and me.

Kels is able to work from home most days, but on Wednesdays she is required to head into the office. On Tuesday evening, Kelsey told me that she would attempt to do the work necessary at the office in order that she might come home early to provide the needed care for the dog and children. She was afraid that I would not be able to handle it and that the kids would not provide much assistance either. I don’t blame her for believing that, kid's attitudes have not been great recently either.

However, I am happy to report that there was no need for Kelsey to come home early. The first truth that I was reminded of this week is that you can learn a whole lot from kids. The second truth is that it is better to give than to receive, or perhaps slightly modified it is better to serve than to be served. Most days Kelsey and I do most things for our kids. I don’t know…they might even be a little spoiled.

What I experienced this past Wednesday was my children serving me through action and attitude. I am happy to report that my foot is feeling much better. I am even more thrilled to report that their good attitudes have carried through the end of the week. I think when we see the needs of others and set our focus on serving them we are less apt to fall into focusing on our struggles. I am grateful that God used the kids to teach me that this week.

For Sunday:

  • Sunday Morning Worship with Pastor Reed video posted on Facebook and Website by 9:45 AM
  • Sunday Morning Equip at 10:00 AM via Zoom (Click for Zoom Link and info)

Grace and Peace.

Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor Reed


Reed Webster

Pastor, Cedar Hills Baptist Church

2470 SW Roxbury Avenue

Cell 541.520.7849 / Office 503.646.7126