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Daily Devotion

by Cathy Wilch

Over the past 20 years, I have made many meaningful friendships at GSLC that have helped me grow in my faith and have given me much needed support. I’ve worked together with Fellow moms and dads in a variety of roles to provide Christian education to our children through Sunday school. As I sat at our recent baccalaureate service and Listened to another mom talk about her memories of seeing these kiddos at their first 2 year old Sunday School class and wondering how they were ever going to become functioning adults, I felt amazed that it all came together, and that we parents all leaned on each other and the GSLC staff to make this happen. 

I met experienced and brand new moms through MOPS. The monthly meetings provided respite and endless support for the many questions I and other young moms had about what it meant to raise our children in Christian homes. Making crafts, sharing stories and packing endless boxes for Operation Christmas Child were a part of this wonderful program that supported many.  Probably the most meaningful experience I’ve had was being a part of sharing the Women’s Renewal Program. I got to heart connect with prayer partners, giving teams and receiving teams for many, many cycles. Not only did I get to experience the close friendships and support of weekly prayer sessions of so many women of the teams I was on, but I got to witness this spiritual magic happen for several other groups who created lifelong bonds. I witnessed intense spiritual connection between Renewal participants and Our Loving Father, and saw a ripple effect across the congregation. I am forever thankful to have been a part of this experience. 

One of the other most meaningful experiences was having my brother and his family accepted into our congregation. They were not church-goers when he accepted my invitation to come. He was immediately embraced into a Lenten small group and Men’s ministry. His granddaughter enjoyed Sunday School and eventually was baptized. During his time at GSLC, my brother Mike had been in a terrible car accident which resulted in a long , arduous fight to get back on his feet. It was a very pain filled and challenging time for him. He told me though, that the one time he was pain free was when he was walking down the aisle and back from communion.  He was so excited about his faith and relationship with God. We lost my brother a couple of years later, and the people of Good Shepherd were there for him, his family and me at his funeral. Pastor Heidi chose to  preach the story of the prodigal son, so fitting. It was quite an affair, as many of his old friends and new church acquaintances filled the church, along with our family. I will never forget the hugs from so many that day and the incredible scene in the parking lot as all of his motorcycle and car show buddies lined up for quite a loud processional to the cemetery. 

One more recent experience that has been quite awesome is being a part of a Lenten group that has stuck together through thick and thin during our COVID shut down. We have managed to meet weekly via zoom since Lent of 2020 and we are still

going strong- providing support to each other!

Good Shepherd has provided me with countless spiritually growing experiences, and along with each of these were many welcoming , loving and supportive friends. Each and every one of you have been a blessing that I am eternally thankful for!!

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