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 Phyllis Favorite

by Phyllis Favorite

Am I Doing This Right? 

Read: John 4:5-26 

To say that life at this nearly one-year pandemic mark has been overwhelming, challenging, and isolating is like saying that “water is wet.” It is there, it is obvious, and it has been something we have each endured in our different ways. 

But during all of this, God has been, is still and will ever be with us. Yet, it is easy for our everyday lives to get in the way of our time spent with Jesus and reflecting on just how much He has done for us and remembering just how much He loves us. He promises to take care of us. That’s why I find time spent in prayer and contemplation is so vital. It brings me back from the worries and fears that I allow to creep in and reminds me just Who is in control. He comforts me. 

When we think of God sending His beloved Son to die for us we may sometimes forget exactly all that Jesus’ death on the Cross did for us in order for us to have a relationship with Him. Before Jesus’ crucifixion, it is absolutely breathtaking to realize all of the regulations and the many measures that the Israelites were required to observe to atone for sins and rightfully worship God. Jesus removed all of that and gave us the ability to have that special relationship with Him. 

Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well. He was tired and thirsty. Since she was a Samaritan woman, He could have ignored her since Jews never dealt with Samaritans because they were considered impure. Yet, He demonstrates His love for her, as He does for us all, by not being too tired to speak to a human in need. She, naturally, was astounded when He asked her for a drink. Instead of ignoring her, He made time to be with her, listen to her stunned response to His request, and tell her of the Living Water. Jesus demonstrated that He knew her and that her need was spiritual rather than physical, moral rather than theological. He revealed that He is the Messiah she had heard was coming. Her witness, more than who she was or how she had lived, became as strong as anything that Jesus could have said, perhaps even more so. 

Just like the Samaritan woman, He knows each one of us. He knows our inner thoughts, concerns, our clumsiness in worship, that we stumble and fall. But the most important thing is that, when we ask forgiveness and worship with clean hearts and earnest spirits, we really are doing it right. 

 

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Chris Nagle

Great contribution. Thank you.


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Danelle Buelsing

Phyllis, thank you for bringing home the connection between this familiar story in the Bible and the way God knows us and loves us.

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