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

by Carol Wuebbling

by Carol Wuebbling

I am in mourning. My beloved 96 year old mother died recently, and I feel a huge dark emptiness where my mother always was.   I guess I was prepared for her death; after all, she lived a long, long life. But I was not prepared for her absence. She always asked the pertinent questions; she listened well; she knew me for 73 years. And she loved us all unconditionally.  But I knew Mom’s liver and heart were failing; I knew she slept through most of her days. And I was ready for the inevitable.   So I drove to Michigan ten days before Christmas to gather Mom and Dad and family members at our cottage…knowing this would probably be our last Christmas with Mom.

It was. 

Three days later, Mom died as she lived, lying peacefully next to Dad for 75 years.  After the funeral rituals, the joyous tributes, and the gathering of family and a few friends around Dad, the reality hit me: Mom’s gone.  I could no longer give her loving hugs, nor see her face to face, nor ask her questions whose answers only she knew.  I felt alone.

She’d been a model of Faith for me. The week before she passed away, her caregiver Sandy asked Mom if she was afraid to die. My mother replied, “No, of course not.  I’m ready, whenever the Good Lord sees fit to take me.”  Those words represent Mom’s confident, no-nonsense attitude toward life. And toward death. They should bring me comfort. But the dark emptiness is still there.  Where is God in all this? Where is Christ? And when does mourning cease?

Maybe we all are in mourning, in a way, struggling with the darkness of Covid curtailments, with no face to face meetings, nor physical contacts, nor natural conversations.  In this season of Lent, perhaps our many losses come into sharper focus. Christ suffered and died, and rose from the dead. His model of sacrifice can only serve to strengthen our resolve: Mourning our day-to-day losses is normal. But we can trust that Easter is coming, that His victory over death will be ours, it will be my mom’s;  it will be mine. 

And all the darkness of loss caused by Covid Constrictions will eventually end, too. Our Faith in God reminds us that he is walking the walk of deprivation along with us.  And He encourages us to make his teachings come to life... to embrace the authority of his wisdom…to reach out to others in socially distanced ways and share our faith… to walk through the dark places and know that His Light is always there.  What Peace that brings.  Hallelujah!

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matthew 5:4

What a wonderful God we have…who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials Corinthians 1:3-4 

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Ann Richhart

Carol, Thanks for sharing. Many times I think I will call my Mom who has been gone many years and now lives in my heart. God continue to bless you 😀😍


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Carol Wuebbling

Thank you, Ann, for reminding me that Mom still lives...in my heart.


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Karen Mazzei

This is so beautiful Carol. Your words touched me deeply today.


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Carol Wuebbling

Karen, you are so kind to respond. I feel blessed by your words


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Danelle Buelsing

When my father-in-law died, my mother-in-law asked, "How do people do this without faith?" As you said so beautifully, Carol, thank goodness that we have our faith to carry us through our times of mourning.


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Carol Wuebbling

Oh, Danelle, you are so kind to reach out. Your mother-in-law's words really hit the mark. Thanks so much


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Bea Broder-Oldach

I am sorry for your loss. Losing a mom is hard. It is generous of you to share your journey, and open a pathway for others to reflect on experiences of love and loss.

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