Pastor Annette K Ruhs Kruse
Yes, I use the full name Annette K Ruhs Kruse in ministry. My father encouraged my call but didn’t live to experience it. So I honor him in this way. Also, since my mother has been gone for almost ten years, I also remember her. She was my biggest cheerleader and supporter through the process. Growing up in a Christian home and always encouraged to follow my dreams, to seek after God’s plan, and to share the gifts God has given me. As a result I graduated from Morningside College with a BME. Then I taught vocal music for three years. Dave and I met the fall of my first year teaching and married the following June. Dave’s background is working with the physically and mentally challenged. Perhaps this is why he has enjoyed life in ministry. Dave is now retired, but driving for Uber and will drive school buses this fall.
We have been in pastoral ministry since 1984. We have three children who have been on our journey as well. Sarah, is married to Joey Svejda and living in Atkins. They have a son, Jacob, who is growing up much too fast! Samuel was born the summer we began seminary. He is married to Nichole. They reside in Las Vegas and have two sons; Elijah, 2, and Andrew 3 months. (This Grandma is still waiting to meet and hold this precious bundle!) Samuel live and works in Sioux City and has a girlfriend, Nancy, who also lives and works in Sioux City. All three of our children are musical and talented. We are so proud of them. The have also chosen partners in life who are just as talented. God has truly blessed us.
How many of you are feeling like the winter weather is never going away? I have heard it said over and over. Even though we haven’t had that rough a winter as winters go, the cold gray days and the dampness in the air has made life uncomfortable throughout the winter. Dave and I love the crispness of winter usually, but this year we have agreed that we are ready for the warmer weather.
My question for you is how much will this affect your experience of Easter? Over the years we have had all kinds of weather related celebrations of this holy time. Which ones do you remember the most? Does the weather make a difference how you will be able to truly celebrate the reality of the resurrection? Many relate emotional highs and lows with the highs and lows of the barometer! Are you ready for the empty tomb this year? Will you be able to celebrate the light no matter what the weather?
Consider: I/we are sinners; I/we are forgiven by the Christ who suffered and died for us; God loves us so much that darkness doesn’t win, the light shines!! Christ is alive!! “Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because He lives…” Jesus lives!! A step at a time, the light leads us to the best tomorrow God has promised!
We do not deserve God’s love and forgiveness but still God follows through. We can only imagine what tomorrow will bring. Through it all, God is present in the good times and bad times! “Through it all”… we can trust in our precious Lord to see us through.
Have a blessed Easter! May the risen Lord fill you with the joy of life in Jesus!!
From the Kruse’s
Pastor Annette and Dave Kruse