Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Event date: 6/4/2020 Export event
Daily Devotion
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

Today’s story was written by the Schwarz Family

What a tremendous way to give… this wonderful idea from the GSLC stunned us. The church gave all the congregation families money to give to any person, organization or cause, showing love and care to make the world a better place. Immediately after receiving the $250 check, our family started brainstorming what and how to give to something for a change and be of help. Our youngest son, Johannes, whose high school lost two students to suicide within two weeks of one another this March, felt strongly our gift should go to 1N5. This organization is Cincinnati-based and works to spread awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. The name comes from the fact that 20% of youth aged 13-18, live with a mental health condition, an issue surrounded by stigma.

In addition, we’ve also shared our gift with a local organization in our area called “Step up Anderson”. A group of mothers originally started it, trying to stop substance abuse among young people. It is a growing problem and the substance misuse impacts entire communities. Ohio is the second-most impacted state in the nation. Their work, effort, and commitment is for the health, safety, and well-being of young people. The other great news is that the company Hans works for will double the $250 check with their matching gift program making the total gift $500 so that each organization receives $250. Thank you GSLC and “God’s Grace Your Hands” for this opportunity to share God’s gifts to help others!

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Reflection: Who do you know that might seem fine on the outside, but is really suffering inside?  How might you reach out to them?

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