Daily Devotions
 

Welcome to Good Shepherd’s Daily Devotions Page!

During the weeks of Fall, our Daily Devotions are being written by members of Good Shepherd.  Each day one of your brothers or sisters in Christ will be reflecting on faith and life as we all adjust to many changes in our world.  I pray these writings will inspire, comfort and challenge you to grow in faith.  Our dedicated authors have written about their insights, joys and struggles and have been courageous enough to share them with us so that we can also ponder where God is showing up in our own lives. 

As a way to encourage the writers and each other I invite you to share a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the page each day.

Pastor Heidi Johns

Pastor Alice Connor

Daily Devotion

A white friend of mine recently said, “I had no idea that racism was still as bad as it is. And now I’ve realized that assumption, that not-knowing, is the problem.” This is part of what we mean when we use the word “privilege,” the ability to not even know how bad something is for another person because their experience is different than ours. A lot of folks think the word “privilege” is some sort of insult, a word that should make us feel shame or misery, but it’s really only a description of a way things are. The word simply means that we’re likely to underestimate how bad the problem is by default because we are never personally exposed to that problem. It’s not a moral judgment on how difficult our lives are.

We all struggle, we all feel pain, and, indeed, it’s a true fact that “all lives matter.” Of course they do—our Bible tells us that in the very first story. The problem is that some of our siblings in God’s Creation have lives that have not mattered to the rest of us because of the color of their skin. Some of our siblings have experienced extreme trauma--generational trauma, systemic trauma--because of the color of their skin. And the rest of us have the privilege of not experiencing that trauma. White folk are not by necessity bad or shameful because of this, but once we see it, once we see the history of subjugation and its continued existence, we are obligated to respond with kindness and support and work.

Yeah, I said work. Not in the “we an earn righteousness” way, of course, but as a loving response, as sanctification. And it’s hard. To read history from a black perspective, to notice in ourselves the ways we have not noticed or accidentally contributed to hurt—it’s a lot. But it’s so worthwhile! Seeing privilege, seeing racism for what it is an opportunity for us to do better, to change the world.

What have you noticed about yourself in recent weeks? What is your “next right thing” related to racism in America?

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