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: 5/20/2020 Export event
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

We continue our devotional theme of Joyful Generosity— our stewardship theme for this year.  If you have not yet turned in your Estimate of Giving Card—please do so THIS WEEK.  Our devotions are stories shared by members of Good Shepherd regarding how they used their God’s Grace Your Hands check last September.

LOOKING AHEAD: next week we will take a break from our Joyful Generosity theme for these devotions and instead focus on teaching about Holy Communion as we prepare to share in the Lord’s Supper from home while worshipping online on Pentecost Sunday, May 31st at 10am. 

Today’s story comes from Nancy Lougheed

Part of our family's journey following the passing of my daughter, Stacey, has been our decision to bless as many people as possible with items as we've gone through her personal and home belongings. A woman, at my daughter Wendy's church, is very involved in rescuing women from abuse and human trafficking situations as part of the Urban Success organization. Urban Success works directly on the streets as part of an amazing network of brave and dedicated individuals, many of whom have been rescued themselves from these very situations. These women and their children are protected, taken care of, and helped to set up housing, get jobs, and move to better lives.

Paulette, our contact person, has filled her van three times at Stacey's house and will often remark that she knows just who a particular item will go to or that someone just told her they needed something we were gifting.

When I gave her our check for $100, she hugged me and with tears in her eyes said how perfect because there is a great need to buy food. The organization, Urban Success, is truly a servant organization. The Sunday I received my check at church, I immediately knew where it would go.

John 8:7-11

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground.[a] When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.”[b] And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.

Today pray for victims of sex trafficking and for those in abusive relationships.

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