Daily Devotions

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Jen Jarman

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Camp Luther 
66 wooded acres along the shores of Lake Erie 
Stunning view with sensational sunsets
Hiking trails, sport fields 

Lutheridge Camp & Conference Center
160 acres in Arden, NC
Scenic, mountain setting    
Hiking trails, canoeing, rock climbing


Friday, July 24, 2020

The Five Senses of Camp – Hearing

Music. There is always music at camp. Some of it is silly (OK – a fair bit of it is silly), but all of it is beautiful. I love it when my kids break into a rendition of “I Like Bananas” around the dinner-table or that they challenge each other over who likes to “Popsico” more. I have an ongoing joke with Pastor Alex that if he can fit in a stanza of “Drop Kick me Jesus” into a sermon, I’ll buy his family dinner.

During the week at Camp Luther, campers have the option to attend choir practice during the afternoon block of camp activities and these choirs (children and adult) give an offertory during the Friday Night Closing Worship Service. My daughter has participated in the Children’s Choir at Camp Luther each summer, which says a lot since she is choosing to attend this activity over other favorite camp activities, like making crafts in the Craft Cabin.

Friday Night Closing Worship ends with families having a time to find a special spot at camp and talk about their week together and how they want to keep the spirit of camp alive in their daily routines once they return home. Everyone is then invited back to the chapel for a Singfest and again, it is music that fills the air. Everything from “Sweet Caroline” to “Jesus Loves Me” is a part of this sacred time. There are so many songs that I associate with camp and those are the songs that I find myself humming more frequently right now.  

One year, as I was packing up some items in the car the night before we left Lutheridge, I could hear the campers singing at their Closing Campfire. The sound of their singing carried up the hillside and I started singing with them too. The words to that particular song are:

So set a fire down in my soul
That I can't contain and I can't control
I want more of You, God
I want more of You, God

No place I would rather be
Than here in Your Love!
Here in Your Love!

(Set A Fire – just watch the first couple of minutes)

Going to camp each year rekindles that fire in my soul and there is no place I’d rather be, surrounded by God, my own family, and my GSLC community.

What rekindles your soul – is it a place? A song?

What has quarantine and stay at home orders helped you to discover what you want more of?

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Mary Montgomery

Thanks Jen for your camp devotions this week. We took our kids to Camp Luther for many years when they were growing up and your devotions brought back so many great memories.

“Rattle rattle crash beep beep.......... keep those memories coming🙏

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