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

Pastor Alice Connor

Daily Devotion

 

Introduction for this week's Devotions

 

I’m sure you’ve seen footage of or stories about this summer’s protests in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. These are only the most recent in a long history of Black and White people protesting violence by people in power in our country. Truly, they are a part of a long history of people around the world protesting violence by people in power. And they are part of a long history of people of faith protesting violence of all kinds—I just finished writing a chapter for my next book about the Syro-Phonecian woman (that is, non-Jewish) who asks Jesus to help her daughter and Jesus’ response is to say he’s not here to feed the dogs but the children. Can you imagine? And she pushes back saying, “Even the dogs under the table eat the crumbs the children drop.” She stands up for herself, her children, her people, and Jesus reckons it to her as righteousness!

Protestantism takes its very name from this practice of protest. And that’s precisely what it is, a spiritual practice. You’ll notice, it’s not the only spiritual practice by a long shot! Prayer, fasting, giving alms, working the soil, music and so many more things are practices—that is, intentional actions done over and over—that can bring us into deeper communion with God and each other. Protest can be a spiritual practice. One of the most moving aspects of protest for me is the music. The songs folks sing as they sit or march or work are rooted deeply in the Christian and Jewish traditions and speak to the pain and struggles and hope that we experience in all aspects of our lives. This week, I am bringing y’all a handful of songs I’ve learned recently and some questions you might ask yourself as you listen to them, learn them, and find yourself singing them at odd hours of the day.

 

Listen to this song, the words by June Jordan and sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock, let the harmonies wash over you, notice if there’s a word or phrase that resonates with you this moment:

“We are the Ones” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHsJHZpOJCc

What are you waiting for? Ask yourself that question a few times, don’t be satisfied with “a vaccine” or “dinner.” What is your soul waiting for, longing for? How could you be involved in bringing those things about? What comes up for you when you consider that you and the people around you are the ones you’ve been waiting for, not someone else?

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