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: 3/31/2020 Export event
Pastor Pat Badkey

Daily Devotion

As a child I was fascinated by the story of Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-19).  You might remember this story too.  In the story, Jacob is fleeing his brother Esau because Jacob stole his birthright.  As he flees, one night he lays down to sleep with a stone as his pillow and dreams of a ladder reaching from heaven to earth. On the ladder he sees angels going back forth from heaven to earth and hears God speak to him.  When Jacob wakes from his sleep, he says, “Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!” Jacob then took the stone which was his pillow, poured oil over it, and called the place Bethel, which means House of God.

One of the things I have been reminded of as Steve and I shelter in place because of Covid-19, is that the whole world is the House of God.   I see it as we walk in our neighborhood, as I observe spring bursting forth in the plants, as I hear the birds singing, as I talk to neighbors from a safe a distance and as we worship at home.  I also know that sometimes we forget that is true.  

Another favorite image from the Hebrew Bible is that when the people of Israel, who are taken into exile in Babylon, discover God is with them there.   Here is what they discover, even though they no longer live in Israel and cannot go to Jerusalem to worship, that God is present nonetheless.  They discover surely that God was with them in Babylon too.  
My prayer for the members of GSLC and really for everyone is that they will discover once again that the whole world, all of creation, is the House of God.  My prayer is that we discover this anew each day as we shelter in place.

What does it mean for you to have all of creation be the House of God?  
How does knowing the whole world is the House of God, free you to worship and pray in new ways?

In Christ,
Pastor Pat

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Connie Satchell

Pat, Interesting thought as I was thinking that too this past week as I have been in my gardens. Keep posting...one cannot get enough deovtions!

In Christ,


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Beth Luwandi Lofstrom

I am loving the extended and intentional enjoyment of nature...all around. It has always been a place I sense God's presence and this time is no different. We serve a limitless God.

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