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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
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Kathy Peterson and Kristina Amundson

Isaiah 41:10 

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Last week as we were leaving my daughter’s golf match, I got a phone call saying my mom was at a bank trying to withdraw $30,000. They were concerned she had fallen for a scam. 

For background, my mom does not have a car and has been very diligent about quarantining. So, to venture out to a bank by calling a cab was completely out of character. We were shaken and in disbelief that my shrewd 81-year-old mom could fall for this. 

When we arrived at the bank, we met the cab driver, Max, waiting in the parking lot to make sure my mom had a safe ride home. He refused to take any payment for the ride or the time he had spent waiting. He was so kind and shared how he was so worried for my mom because she was upset and not herself. He knew her from the many times he had driven her to the airport over the years. 

When we entered the bank, my mom was sitting with a bank employee, Sydney, who also knew my mom because she prefers to go into the bank to do her business. Sydney was gently explaining to my mom she thought she was the victim of a scam. My mom told us she had answered a phone call that appeared to be from the city where she used to live. They kept her on the phone for 90 minutes convincing her that her life depended on her giving them $30,000. 

The police officer arrived and after writing up the report, looked my mom in the eye and told her she was a kind and generous person and none of this was her fault. He told her not to change and to continue to be a kind, generous soul and to not be afraid. He told her the story of how his own mother was scammed and how it could happen to anyone. I could see my mom visibly relax. 

So many things could have turned out differently if not for the taxi driver, the bank employee, and the police officer. I believe God was working through these people to keep my mom safe. It is upsetting how common these scams are that target the vulnerable people in our community. 

Looking back on this experience what we will remember most are the kind people who went out of their way to help my mom.

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Danelle Buelsing

Kathy and Kristina, I'm so thankful that your story had a good ending. After going through a similar situation with someone near and dear to me, I can imagine your relief and gratitude.

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