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

by Peter Eller

One sunny, warm day near the end of summer several years ago, Lake Isabella Park had a surprise waiting for this unsuspecting visitor.  Rounding a bend in the road, several picnic tables came into view.  Seated around the tables and in chairs on the grass were about three dozen people.  Three guitarists were accompanying the group in an enthusiastic performance of the hymn “How Great Thou Art”.  The warm, open air resonated with the beautiful melody.  I lingered to listen in amazement and gratitude.  The confluence of the natural beauty, the fair weather, and the joyous group of worshippers is an enduring memory.

The question is, “Where was God that day?”

Was God in the balmy breezes and the warmth that they engendered in my heart? 

         The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.   Psalm 23:1-3

Was God in the soaring majesty of the trees and the natural beauty of the park?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell     you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  Matthew 28b-29

Was God in the joyous singing of the assembled group?

         Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!  Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.  1 Chronicles 16:32-33

Or somewhere else?

Strong feelings of wanting to join the group and sing along.  A feeling of kinship with people who (apparently) believe in the God I know and love.  Curiosity about who these people are and what they believe. 

It was a long time ago.  I lingered but a few moments and may never know those people, but it gave meaning to the words of Christ: 

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.  Matthew 18:20

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Roy Johnson

Very enlightening, thanks for sharing your personal experience.

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john soller

Peter - you certainly captured the moment. I could almost hear the music and feel the breeze.

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Danelle Buelsing

How wonderful that the memory of that day continues to bring you joy!

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