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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

Colossians 4:2-18

Be Nice

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt… v.6

As one that grew-up in the upper Midwest, niceness was a character trait that I learned as a young age was something that I should strive for. One of the first lessons my four-year old niece learned that respect means be nice. 

Should we strive to be nice to others? Yes. However, sometimes our desire to be nice to others can do harm. Niceness can sometimes be an excuse not to challenge someone’s internalized racism and white privilege. Niceness could cause a someone not to assert themselves against one that would harm them. Niceness has led me not to confront a relative’s anti-muslim and anti-immigrant speech. Niceness protects the status quo, to the detriment of those marginalized and oppressed.

The writer of the epistle calls us to gracious speech, not to be nice. Speech seasoned perhaps with some salty language from time to time. Our speech should always extend the work of God’s grace—  which sometimes means not being nice. 

God of grace, give us courage to speak up even when it means not being nice. Amen.

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