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 Deacon Debbie Jones

 1Cor. 3:6  I (Paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

Outside of my work at Good Shepherd, I like to volunteer at a Community Garden that raises food for local soup pantries. I also like to cook. Just ask my husband, Steve, how many spices I have. He will tell you over 200! We have an agreement that if I cook, he will serve as the quality control taste tester and dishwasher/loader. Somehow this arrangement seems to work. But sometimes no matter how much I have looked after a plant or followed a recipe perfectly, my efforts have failed. The plant dies or the recipe tastes awful.

Over 30 years ago, Steve and I served a declining congregation in Toledo, Ohio. 60% of the homes in the neighborhood had a single parent raising children. The church had a huge gymnasium. Steve and I were convinced that the church had a great opportunity to minister to the neighborhood by creating an afterschool program, offering tutoring and an open gym. No matter how hard we tried, we could not make this happen. Our efforts failed, or so we thought. Looking on Facebook we now see that the church serves a diverse population, and do you know what? It houses a local food pantry, offers an afterschool tutoring program and an open gym. I am not sure how many years this took to happen, but it did and is much better than anything we could have imagined. We may have planted the seed, but it took other folks to help the seed germinate and blossom.

Last March I was faced with putting our Traditional Services online. I realized I had no idea how to do this. Watching Zoom Webinars and countless YouTube videos gave me some ideas of what to do. However, I still could not do this alone. Then appeared Mark Buelsing who knew how to develop a worship window for our online worship and Frank Wiewandt who had the equipment and skills to record our sermons. Their gifts combined with the gifts of Pastors and staff helped us continue to worship even when the church was closed.

In my faith journey I know that sometimes I may be a planter. Other times I may be the waterer. Sometimes I will not know how I fit into God's plan. I also know that I always have a sense of hope when planting a seed or beginning a new recipe. This hope gives my life joy and purpose. So, what are you planting or what are you watering for God these days?

Picture note:  This Amaryllis rebloomed this year after being cut back and hid in a closet for a few weeks.

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Kristin Kalsem

I loved this Debbie--thank you for sharing your wise words!


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Danelle Buelsing

No matter what you are planting or watering, Debbie, you do it with wisdom and grace. You certainly have risen to the task during this pandemic, and your efforts have been a huge blessing to our congregation.

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