Daily Devotions
 

We are thrilled to once again be sharing a daily devotion with you for the season of Advent. These inspiring devotions have been written by YOU the members of Good Shepherd.  A sincere “thank you” to everyone who opened their hearts to share a small piece of their faith journey with us.   As we journey toward Bethlehem in this season, take time each day to walk with God and experience the stirrings of the deep love that took on flesh to walk with us.  

During the four week Advent season, each Wednesday our devotion will be a video reflection by Dr. Kevin Seal, Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, as he shares a teaching about the Words and Music of Advent.

Each new day’s devotion will go live directly on our webpage, goodshepherd.com at 6am, (look under the worship tab at the top right of the front page) or you can follow the link that will be sent out later each morning in an email from Good Shepherd.  


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion by Karen Eller

Be still and know that I am God

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Many years ago, my mother included this verse from Psalm 46 in a note of comfort to a neighbor lady who was dying of cancer.  As a youngster I worried about what Mom had said.  “Be still” sounded to my young ears like a stern admonition.  Of course, as I matured, I came to understand that these words from the Holy Scriptures were, in fact, the ultimate reassurance of God’s promise of peace and everlasting life to those who believe in Him.

Today,  I sometimes  ask myself if I am misunderstanding or missing the point of God’s word.  While I pray I am not slipping away from the promise of that “Father’s house of many mansions”(John 14:2) I ask myself why is it sometimes so hard to stay in total connection with my Lord and Savior. 

Truth is, like many, I sink into the busyness of a secular world…a world full skeptics and non-believers, a world where many simply can’t find the time or inclination to think about God, much less worship Him.  I know I am wrong to doubt.  So, I push myself to read the Bible more and understand better. (“Your Word is a lamp onto my feet and a light onto my path”. Psalm 119) I listen ever so intently to our Pastors bringing the Good News and work hard to see clearly the many miracles that surround us.

One of those miracles is the season of Advent and the promise it brings.  It is the expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the nativity of Christ and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.  Noted German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said:  "The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come."   What a comforting thought that is.

This prayer, found on-line, says it perfectly for me:  “This Advent, Lord, come to the manger of my heart.  Fill me with Your presence from the very start. As I prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given, remind me of the gift You gave when You sent Your Son from heaven.”   Amen. 

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