Daily Devotions
 

We are thrilled to once again be sharing a daily devotion with you for the season of Advent. These inspiring devotions have been written by YOU the members of Good Shepherd.  A sincere “thank you” to everyone who opened their hearts to share a small piece of their faith journey with us.   As we journey toward Bethlehem in this season, take time each day to walk with God and experience the stirrings of the deep love that took on flesh to walk with us.  

During the four week Advent season, each Wednesday our devotion will be a video reflection by Dr. Kevin Seal, Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, as he shares a teaching about the Words and Music of Advent.

Each new day’s devotion will go live directly on our webpage, goodshepherd.com at 6am, (look under the worship tab at the top right of the front page) or you can follow the link that will be sent out later each morning in an email from Good Shepherd.  


Daily Devotion
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

In the midst of these days, in the midst of a changing society, expectations, and practices… in the midst of Covid,  I have been feeling really worn down. Wore out. Tired of it. These feelings have a very predictable effect on my attitude as well. I am grumpier, more irritable, and generally, just less joyful. I’m certain that God is not looking at this posture of mine and saying “GREAT JOB, ALEX!” In truth, I’m needing a change. Big time.
 
I have been really struck by one of my favorite “r” words--repentance.  Yesterday, I pointed out how Job, after being confronted by God, shifts in his approach and decides to stop talking and simply listen. He decided to change.
 
In his book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson writes that “Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision . . . Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts. Repentance is a decision to follow Jesus Christ and become his pilgrim in the path of peace.” The call to repentance, it seems, is an invitation.
 
I can get pretty frustrated with the ways of the world in the midst of Covid. Things don’t go the way I want them to and I am angered and frustrated by it. I can disagree with my neighbor so bitterly that I am caught up in that frustration for the whole day. In those times I can justify my anger towards them. I can justify the often negative and divisive words on my lips as righteousness in those moments.  But this isn’t the way of a peacemaker. This isn’t the way of a disciple. The way of a disciple is the path of repentance. It’s changing, it’s turning, it’s realizing that in repentance, as is written in Acts, we turn to God so that our sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”
 
Seeking a breath of fresh air? Seeking to feel refreshed? Renewed? Perhaps a change is in order. Repent!     
 

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