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: 5/14/2020 Export event
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

As we kick continue our month long theme of Joyful Generosity here is a story shared by Erika Thiele regarding what she did when she received a check on God’s Grace Your Hands Sunday last September:

(From Erika’s Letter Written to Boys Town)  Dear Reverend Boes,

Enclosed, please find a $500 gift to Boys Town. During a recent Sunday church service our congregation learned about “God’s Grace Your Hands” and were given checks in various amounts to bless others. This gift was given to me by my church – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio – to bless someone or some organization of my choosing.

Many years ago in January 1965, my husband and I, our 8 year old son and our 4 year old daughter were returning by car from Norton, Kansas where we had stayed with relatives to attend my husband’s cousin’s wedding at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in the small town of Ruskin, Nebraska. Our son was the ring-bearer and our daughter the flower girl. Traveling back home through Nebraska, we got caught in a bad snowstorm and stopped at Boys Town. We went to the Sanctuary, said our prayers and intended to travel on as best we could. A pastor approached us and after a brief conversation invited us to have dinner with them.  We learned about the mission and work of Boys Town. He subsequently gave us directions to a nearby small motel to stay the night. We were thankful for the generosity and assistance.

Through the years we’ve sent in a nominal annual donation to help sustain the mission of Boys Town. Please accept this gift as a token of appreciation for the concern and helpfulness many years ago, as a blessing from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and in support of Father Flanagan’s belief 100 years ago with the founding of Boys Town that children have the right to be valued, to have the basic necessities of life and to be protected. May God bless your organization for your work in support of children and families.

Sincerely, Mrs. Erika Thiele

 

Psalm 107

O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble….

Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;

Hungry and thirsty their soul fainted within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;

He led them by a straight way until they reached an inhabited town.


Reflection: Do you have any events from your life that you continue to commemorate with a gift of gratitude?   If you don’t, why not start that tradition today?  When have you known God’s rescuing love?  Is there a simple way to remember that moment?

 

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