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

Daily Devotion
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

I will admit that my personality lends itself to seeking out joy and laughter. I am not that comfortable sitting in the midst of my own sadness or disappointment for long. I am aware of my own defense mechanisms! 
 
However, I admit that in the midst of a global pandemic I have felt a little anxious at times by the moments of joy or laughter I have encountered. Is now a time to laugh? Is now a time to be joyful, while in the midst of such suffering and turmoil?  Am I sufficiently weeping with those who weep? I don’t know.
 
But what of joy? Is there room for joy? For laughter? I have children who give me such great joy! Friends and colleagues who give me fits of laughter. I can’t say anything other than that I am grateful for those moments and those people. I am grateful because when I feel this sense of joy in them, I remember that Joy is what God gives, not what we work up. I’m going to quote Eugene Peterson again this week because I have been reading his book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, and I was reminded that, “laughter is the delight that things are working together for good to those who love God, not giggles that betray the nervousness of a precarious defense system.”
 
He continues, “One of the most interesting and remarkable things Christians learn is that laughter does not exclude weeping. Christian joy is not an escape from sorrow. Pain and hardship still come, but they are unable to drive out the happiness of the redeemed.”
 
“I have said these things to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” — John 15:11
 
For those of us who are weeping, we weep with you. For those who have been graced by moments of joy and laughter in the midst of it all, we give thanks to God.
 

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