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
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Adrienne Gordon

2 Corinthians 4:7-12

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

The early August morning began with a sky full of clouds.  After turning off my alarm clock, I stayed in bed and listened to the sound of rain drops on the bathroom skylight.  Normally, my gardener self is happy with any amount of late summer rain.  Not this morning.  This morning I wanted to attend an outdoor parking lot church service.  I last attended church in the physical presence of my Good Shepherd family five months ago.  It’s still surreal to think that by now, that’s not an unusual statement.  Dismayed, I reached for my cell phone to check email, fully expecting to see a message of cancellation due to rain.  I didn’t see an email and my heart lifted with excitement.  

I tried to remain hopeful through my morning routine.  Church is a good six miles south; maybe just maybe, the rain would skip over Kenwood.  I grabbed rain boots, umbrella, jacket and a camp chair then headed out to the car.  The drive down I-71 did nothing to help alleviate my worry.  In fact, every raindrop laden swipe of the windshield wipers made it worse.  I began to prepare myself for the possibility that by the time I arrived at church, a volunteer might very well turn me away with a rueful smile.  

Turning into Good Shepherd’s parking lot, the rain somehow eased to a near stop.  Volunteers in bright orange vests moved through the space like beacons of hope.  Hurrying out of the car, I immediately fell into the old habit of hailing hellos and good mornings to others making their way towards church. As I settled in for service, the opening notes of a prelude song played by keyboard and violin filled the air, mixed with the sound of traffic on Kenwood Road.  Bells from another church rang in the distance, signaling the hour.  And my eyes filled with tears of gratitude.  

All around me, heavy storm clouds moved low and dark through the sky.  The air felt strangely cool.  Not an ideal morning to gather outside.  Yet, here we sat, a collection of people in rain gear, masked and six feet apart, finding a way to be together in a shared expression of faith.  Connected by a desire to spend time in worship.  Connected by a willingness for adventure in a time when even little things like going to church become complex. 

A year ago, it would have been so easy and habitual for me to attend a church service that I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.  Now, I sit with tears threatening to fall because I can see that faith always finds a way.  Faith finds a way like water that channels up and over rocks or through a narrow passage, coursing forward.  We are surrounded by difficult and challenging days, but our faith moves us forward.  We find ways to worship, whether online or in a parking lot.  We struggle together and innovate and adapt.  Full disclosure, I thought the service may feel a little odd…sitting in parking spots and looking at the building we couldn’t enter together for worship.  Instead it felt precious, like coming home.

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Danelle Buelsing

I agree, Adrienne. So grateful for parking lot church!

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