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 Dolores Engebrecht

“The greatest among you will be your servant.”  Matthew 23:11

Collecting quotes is a hobby of mine.  I have saved many hundreds of them over the years and used some of them in various ways as inspiration, reflection, encouragement, etc.  Recently I came across one that caught my attention.  It said, “Everybody can be great….because anybody can serve.” by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was mentioned by a sixteen year old young lady from Indianapolis, named Emma.

When Emma was in third grade, she decided to have a book drive and collect books for an inner-city school.  She enlisted family, friends and her church and collected 300 books for IPS #60 school for a parent and children’s library.  The books were very much appreciated and used.

The next year Emma had to be at Riley Children’s Hospital on occasion and realized that books were a real blessing to help pass the time for her in the waiting room.  Working with her fourth-grade teacher she collected 500 books from her school, family and friends and delivered them to the hospital.  They would be loaded onto a cart or little red wagon and distributed to children throughout the hospital.  She saw that they were a real blessing to the receivers.

Emma formed a non-profit organization and called it, “Emma’s Bundles of Books and Joy!”  In 2019 Emma was sixteen and had already collected and delivered 16,000 books and toys.  That year she was awarded “The Power of Children Award,” an national award for children making a difference.  Well done, Emma.  You are an inspiration and truly a servant of the Lord!  Just think of how many children and parents were blessed by her efforts.  And thank you to her parents for helping to store, box and help deliver them.  Isn’t it amazing what a determined soul can do! Truly a blessing and fine example!

Just think of the many outreach and servant deeds done by members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  We never know how far and wide our efforts may reach.  But God knows.  Surely we are servants!

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Danelle Buelsing

Thank you for this inspiring story!

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