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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

Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

John 14:1-7

Faith, not certainty

Lord, we do not know where you are going. (v. 5)

Thomas often gets a bad rap. This is evident by the name traditionally given him: “Doubting Thomas.” But is Thomas or his questions so different that us or the questions we often have? Do we always have a clear sense of where God is leading us? Later in John’s gospel Thomas asks for proof of the resurrection. Don’t we also search for answers and sometimes even question whether God is present in our lives?

In our society and in much of Christian culture there is a sense that certainty or being without doubt is the same as faith. Right belief or adherence to a statement of “faith” are required in some communities.

The Greek word often translated in to English as “faith” is pistis, which can also be understood as trust. In a way faith could be defined as trust while still having doubts or questions. God desires our trust, not our certainty or lack of doubt. In a prayer we use at the Edge House, Thomas Merton begins, “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going...” yet still ends with “...I will trust you always...” God knows we have questions, but still leads us on the way.

God, give us good courage to trust in you even when we don’t know they way. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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