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.  

Event date: 3/30/2020 Export event
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

Daily Devotion March 30

One of my daily rituals since we have been asked to stay at home to help flatten the curve of COVID19 is to take a walk in Sharon Woods.  This is not new to me.  I have been walking in the Park ever since I moved to Cincinnati, but now it has taken on another layer of importance.  I use the time to listen to sermon podcasts or podcasts about Spiritual Practices.  Sometimes I listen to music.  It is good for my soul.  A time when God stirs up prayers, creativity and comfort in me.

Something I’ve noticed these past couple of weeks is that there are a lot of families walking in the Park.  Many more than usual.  Kids with clip boards filling in worksheets--picking up leaves and sticks—delighting in turtles—exploring—riding bikes—writing in journals.  What I am not seeing are kids on electronic devises.  They seem present in the moment.  This delights me.

There are lots of terrible things happening right now to lots of people—maybe even you.  There will be economic hardships for many, sickness and grief for others.  Life is disrupted in lots of ways.  I find a small ray of hope in seeing whole families in the Park, spending time together in God’s creation.  I suspect they would not have this time together if we were experiencing “normal” times.  Perhaps something good emerging from a challenging time.

Are you experiencing any good coming from this?  More time to pray?  Opportunities to help a neighbor?  Openness to the Spirit producing Fruit in your life for the sake of others?  How might God be redeeming this moment?

The other day as I was taking my walk around the Lake, I rounded a corner and saw that someone had brightened the path.  I suspect it was one of those families I’ve been seeing.  I imagine the conversation might have gone something like this, “What can we do to brighten someone’s day today?”  As they put on their collective thinking caps they came up with this.  (see picture).  They were successful, because their creative act of kindness did bring a smile to my face.

What goodness are seeing emerge in the midst of these challenging days?  How has God been present, maybe in surprising ways? 

Psalm 40
I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

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