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 David Dietrichson

by David Dietrichson

Food, water, shelter, health, family, friends and God. I have them all. Unimaginable blessings to much of the world, and I have them all. And yet I get upset about things, irritated at others, or experience an unpleasant situation and react as though I am somehow a victim. That I’ve been wronged.

I move freely about the world without fear of arrest or violence, while much of the world suffers, yet a little snow, or rain, or a virus can make me feel shut in and bring on self-pity. I don’t feel wealthy, but the vast majority of the world certainly thinks I am, yet I worry if I have saved enough, even as I have repeatedly seen in my life that the Lord will provide.

I am loved, whether I deserve it or not. I love, but not as well as I should. I definitely don’t love as often as I should or as many as I should. Have to keep working on that.

How do I reconcile all that I have with what I deserve? This is not intended to be self-flagellation, but reflection. One of the most meaningful parts of the Lutheran liturgy, for me, is The Confession and Forgiveness. In fact, we sometimes used one of the standard confessions from the Lutheran Hymnal as a bedtime prayer when the kids were young (how’s that for uplifting?). These are reminders of my failings and of God’s generosity.

Thank God that I am justified by grace through faith! I can never deserve what I have, but God shares it with me anyway. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! MY job, though, is to work every day of my life to get as close to deserving it as I possibly can. Wow, do I have a long way to go. Praise the Lord!

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3: 23-24

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john soller


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Heidi Johnson

So true!

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David, really enjoyed your reflection. So very true for most of us.

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Danelle Buelsing

I'm right there with you... so undeserving yet so grateful. Thank you for sharing your reflection.

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