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Welcome to Good Shepherd’s Daily Devotions Page!

Welcome to the Season of Advent.  This is a season when we read from the Apocalyptic or End Times writings in Scripture.  Jesus encourages us to stay awake and watch for his coming.  John the Baptist appears, calling for a way to be made in the wilderness, ready for the Messiah to come.  The color of the Season is blue, like the pre-dawn color of the sky, full of hope and expectation that a new day is coming.  

Advent is a season for preparing, which is what we will be doing through these daily devotions, which were written by Pastor Heidi Johns.  As we travel these four weeks leading to Christmas we will be preparing our hands, homes and hearts for the coming of Christ.

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Daily Devotion

Ann Pfeiffer Walker

Lamentations 3:22-23“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” 

       Our family was super excited to write a devotional for Lent, it seemed to flow naturally and easily from our dinner conversation.  During the Stay-at-Home orders and beyond we completed our daily devotions either with a candle lit bythe fireplace or outside under the shade of a big tree.  By far, these times were the best part of the day for me and I think for children as well.  Sharing God’s word, the significance it meant for each of us and connecting with Christ and together as a family.  

And I am not sure where we got so off track.  We had summer activities taking us out of our routine, stress of the financial impact of COVID and my reduced work hours, isolation fatigue for my children, a back injury for me further affecting our financial stability and on-going contentious legal battles with an ex-husband.  We got caught up in day-to-day life and seemed to lose our way from our faith practice. When Pastor Heidi asked if we could write another devotion, I thought I have too much on my plate right now.  I need to focus on my family and it’s needs.  Another invitation came from Jen and I thought, I can only focus on today,  I just don’t have time for this.  

Well after an emotional weekend, our spotting a mouse inside our home this morning and now waiting to have imaging done, I received this daily email (Posted below) and it became crystal clear.  If not now, when?  Prayers of gratitude flow freely when life is good, “Thank you God!” and during the tough times when you have faith that you are not alone, God is with you.  It is now in the seemingly tedious or monotonous time to look for God and call out to see Him in the day to day activities of life. In the comings and goings.  Calling for sacredness as we prepare meals for our family.  Welcoming the Holy Spirit as we lovingly fold our children’s clothes.   Finding ways to share love and compassion the way Jesus taught us.  Taking time to listen to the nudges and messages God may be sending to us to fulfill His plans for us.  I can rest assured that God was with me and my family through all of it and am reminded that today is a new day to love and serve the Lord. Today is the day and now is the time. 

“God is patient with each of us: He does not tire, He does not desist after our “no”; He leaves us free even to distance ourselves from Him and to make mistakes. Thinking about God's patience is wonderful! How the Lord always waits for us; He is always beside us to help us; but He respects our freedom.  And He anxiously awaits our “yes”, so as to welcome us anew in His fatherly arms and to fill us with His boundless mercy.” Pope Francis 

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Heidi Johnson

I see myself in your account of daily life. Thank you for sharing the Pope Francis quote & the reminder that every day is God's gift to us!


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Pat Badkey

Thanks for your beautiful devotions Ann. The passage from Lamentations inspires me too.


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Betsy Fields

Well said, Ann. The struggles are real, but God is with us, every step of the way - waiting patiently. Thanks for the reminder.


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Danelle Buelsing

Ann, I can relate to your words today. Thanks for the reminder to look for God in the "tedious and monotonous". It is a huge blessing that God waits for us to come around to Him, again and again. Thank you for saying "yes" to writing this devotional.

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