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.  


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Daily Devotion

March 16, 2020, Monday

Here is a story (and some reflection questions added) from the 2020 Devotional booklet as written by GSLC member, Mary Naylor:

I have always believed that God does not cause bad things to happen, but  that He brings people into your life to help you get through them. This was never more apparent than when my husband, Dave, was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2007.  He had just retired from UC in August.  Needless to say, we were devastated.  He had had the symptoms for about 10 months before,  but we never expected that devastating diagnosis. 

Not long after the diagnosis, I was driving down Zig Zag Road crying and asking God why this was happening to us.  I will never forget the feeling that a blanket  or cloud was surrounding me in the car.  I felt such a sense of peace and calm. 

I felt that was God saying "It will be alright. I will take care of you."

It brings tears to my  eyes whenever I think back on that experience.  I couldn’t have imagined  the kindness and love we received from the church and from friends near and far.  Dave didn’t  blame God and his faith never waivered during his struggle with ALS.  We joined the ALS monthly support group in Cincinnati that I continue to attend as it helped Dave and me so much. God did take care of us through our many friends who sent cards, made visits and phone calls, supplied meals and prayed for Dave.

I truly believe that God did not cause Dave’s ALS, but He did bring many people into our lives to help us get through it.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Reflection Questions:

  • Do you have a story like Mary’s when you felt God’s comfort and kindness in a powerful way?  Can you tell that story to someone else so that they may find comfort in it?
     
  • How are you experiencing God’s comfort and kindness in these days?
     
  • How might God be inviting you to show comfort and kindness to others today?

Prayer: God, help me to see the many ways you are caring for me and the world.  Give me courage to show your kindness to others.  Amen.

Peace,

Pastor Heidi Johns

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