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.  


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Galatians 5:2-15; 13,14

Over the course of the pandemic there were and continue to be some voices that asserted that their freedom was hindered by mask wearing, social distancing, and the closure of some businesses and institutions in the name of public health. This is not a new sentiment, but has become more apparent over the last year. It sometimes seems that in this country the values of personal freedom or liberty trump all others. These values, in and of themselves are not negative, but rather become negative when they effect the health and safety of the community as a whole.

This is what Paul is reminding us in verses 13 and 14. Clearly the freedom to get a haircut or go to the gym or movie theater or even gather for worship is self-indulgent during a community health crisis. Especially when it is white people that often disregard health advisories and how COVID-19 has disproportionately harmed radicalized groups and the poor. The same could be said of those who drive cars larger that what they need which create more harmful emissions that harm our planet and generations of humans to come.

How could we better become “slaves to one another” and love our neighbors as ourselves?And not just the neighbors we like or look like, but those who look different than us? How can we better understand our place in the interconnected web of God’s creation as a whole?

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