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

So far in our Advent devotions we have focused on preparing our hands, homes and hearts for the coming of Christ.  As we enter these final days of Advent we turn our attention to preparing our hopes.  This week we will look at the various characters in the Christmas story to see how each of them played a part in helping to bring God’s hope into the world and into our lives. 

The Christ
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.  Isaiah 9:6

Today we see most clearly how God’s hope is revealed.  The celebration of the birth of Christ is upon us—Jesus, God’s hope that we will know that we are loved, coming in flesh and blood for all the world to see.  This day represents more than just a remembrance of a single day in history 2000 years ago.  Today is a celebration that God continues to come, to be born among us, right now.

Your heart is the manger into which the Christ child is laid.  Your life the flesh and blood through which Jesus continues to be revealed.  Your hope the lens through which the world sees the hope of God.

It breaks my heart that we will not gather tonight in our Sanctuary for Christmas Eve worship.  I will miss seeing your faces and hearing your voices raised in song.  I am longing to place the bread of communion into your hands with God’s hope drenched words, “the body of Christ, broken for you.”  I will miss all the tradition and ritual and the joy of gathering on this holy night.  But we will be together in Spirit, worshipping as one community in new ways online.

Here is the most important thing to remember.  Jesus will be born among us.  God is with us, even as we gather together from our homes.  The joy of the Christ Child will be drawing us together as a church family.  This year’s new way of worshipping does not diminish the bright glow of God’s love one bit.  Our Savior comes, born on this silent night, joining us and always calling us to make God’s hope our hope.

As you join us for worship, know that your church family is worshipping with you, and that your church family extends around the globe as the world joins in celebration of God taking on flesh to live among us.  Here is the link for the worship resources:  Worship Resources

If you have been reading through the book of Luke this month, today you will read the last chapter, Luke 24.  Here is the link: Luke 24

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