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 Ginny Pape

Sufficient Grace 
This pandemic has been extremely hard for me. I am an extrovert. A people person. I miss my church and my church family. Since last March, like many of you, I have spent the majority of the days (and nights) alone. I don’t like it!

As we enter the Lenten season; the time of reflection, sacrifice and preparation, I am thinking this whole past year has been time of Lent. We have all certainly sacrificed, some more than others. And by spending so much alone time, we can become overwhelmed by reflection. We are preparing everyday, masking, sanitizing, social distancing. Now waiting for our turn to be vaccinated.

I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he to me  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made prefect in weakness”.   2 Corinthians 12: 7-9.

Max Lucado  reminds us, that Grace takes an added dimension. Paul is referring to a sustaining Grace which saves us from sin. It does not promise the absence of struggle but the presence of God.

God has sufficient Grace to meet all of the challenges of our life. This pandemic has been a very severe challenge. It has been a very sharp thorn in our flesh! 

Now with the vaccine here and being widely administered, we begin to see the light ahead. Just as we see the dark harsh days of Lent become the beautiful glory of Easter, and our risen Lord. In these last eleven months we have been through hardship and pain that we never imagined would occur in our lives. And yet it did.
Again Lucado states:
     Pain does not plague God
     The economy does not faze God
     The weather does not disturb him
     Disease does not infect him
     Death cannot claim him
God has the power to understand and comfort us each time we need him and call on him. God’s Grace is sufficient always. Always!

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Danelle Buelsing

Ginny, these quotes by Max Lucado about God's power and grace are so powerful. Thank you for sharing them and the rest of your devotional.

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