Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

During the first two weeks in June, our Daily Devotions will be lifting up stories from our God’s Grace Your Hands event held on September 8, 2019.  On that day we gave every household in attendance at worship a check for either $100, $250 or $500, sealed in an envelope.  The “Pay To The Order Of” line on the check was left blank so the recipients could gift the check to whomever they would like.   Our instructions were simple, “Go and share God’s blessings with the world.”  Here are just a few of the stories of what folks did with the check they received, may the stir up your own desire to find Joy in Generosity.

Peace,

Pastor Heidi Johns

Event date: 4/29/2020 Export event
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

If you don’t know, Pub Theology is a gathering of gentleman that grew from Men Doing Life, the men’ group at GSLC. We used to gather at local sports bars and pubs and share some food, fellowship, and wrestled with concepts like “justice” “mercy” “grace” “salvation” and the likes. Now we meet on Zoom and try to do the same… with far fewer chicken wings. 
 
Last night we talked a bit about patience. We considered the story of Moses and the future people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. We discussed their growing sense of uncertainty and the frustrations that plagued the weary travelers as they waited for Moses at the foot of the mountain. We remembered how in their anger and impatience they had created a golden calf. They had abandoned their initial plans and were trying their luck at a new plan (and a new God).
 
We all agreed that we are feeling pretty tired of the uncertainty and frustrations of this time and place. When will this thing be over? When can we get back to normal? When can we get back to work? Will normal ever be normal again? We all agreed we are getting weary. 
 
While some people in our world are bitterly resisting the hard work of social distancing. I was encouraged to hear a lot of talk from our pub theologians that expressed a sense of gratitude that we are taking these steps for the sake of our neighbors.  In our conversation it became clear that, as disciples of Jesus, we are no strangers to making sacrifices for the good of our neighbors. In our conversation I heard concerns about how we are going to best care for people who are suffering in the midst of this. I heard gratitude for the people serving on the front lines. I heard concerns for how children are being cared for and fed in these challenging times that separated them from their classrooms and classmates. I heard laments for the young adults missing their graduations. 

What I heard was compassion.
 
That’s discipleship. It’s a long obedience. In the challenging times, we remember our God who, even in the midst of a crucifixion, could say, “forgive them.” That’s discipleship. Imitating our teacher in good times and challenging times. Love our neighbors as ourselves.
 
I was incredibly encouraged by the pub theologians at GSLC last night. I hope you are too!
 
Peace,
Pastor Alex. 
 

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