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Welcome to Good Shepherd’s Daily Devotions Page!

In the church year the season of Epiphany falls between the seasons of Christmas and Lent.  It is a time when we focus on how God’s hope is revealed in Jesus.  In this season we read the stories of the Baptism and Transfiguration of Jesus and the calling of the Disciples.  Each story reveals a bit about who Jesus is, and what his life means for us and our call to be disciples.

Our Devotions for the season of Epiphany have been written by members of the Good Shepherd staff.  May they enlighten and inspire you and light your path to a deeper walk with God.

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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Jim Anderson

Over the past several decades I have spent a lot of time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, first as a volunteer, then as an employee, now again as a volunteer.  I was always struck by the richness of humanity that surrounded me.  Not just race and color but family structure, severity of challenges both social and medical, comfort with even being there, not to mention grappling with challenges of wayfinding.  For the bewildered I would try to reach out to help, sometimes with success, sometimes not.  Then there were the volunteers/employees like me.  Some in wheelchairs, developmentally limited and some in from an office building somewhere distant.  All these homo sapiens mingling together with a mission – to help kids.  It is an easy mission to embrace but a hard one to execute in part because it requires so many different remedies addressed to each element of diversity flowing through the halls.  That diversity contributed to the richness of what I experienced being there.

    When I was an employee I was assigned a parking spot far from where I worked.  The twice a day long walk allowed me to be a part of many mini epicenters I might otherwise miss.  I came in through the research wing, past the animal quarters, by the storage room, next to the data center, up to the clinics, through the waiting rooms, past the pharmacy, gift shop, cafeteria and education center all with the full mix of families, patients and staff pursuing their needs. The experience was a sensory lesson in hardship, stress, hope, energy, exploration and love.  Regularly the 23rdPsalm would come to mind – “.  .  .  though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.”  I wished faith and that comfort for all and felt it within myself, glad to be alive and a part of this remarkable institution.

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Laurie VanDrake

Truly your eyes do take in so much in that setting!

You are a blessing to many!

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