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 Heidi M. Johnson

Have you ever been asked “Does God truly exist?  If he does, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?”  This is a complex question, but a story was shared with me a long time ago that I still think about today:

A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always.  He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him.  They talked about so many things and a wide variety of subjects.  Suddenly, they touched on the subject of God.  

The barber said:  “Look man, I don’t believe that God exists as you say.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the client.

The barber replied:  Well, it’s so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist.  Tell me, if God existed, would there be so many sick people?  Would there be abandoned children?  If God existed, there would be no suffering nor pain.  I can’t think of loving a God who permits all of these things.”

The client stopped for a moment thinking, but he didn’t want to respond so as to cause an argument.  The barber finished his job and the client went out of the shop.  Just after he left he saw a man in the street with long hair and beard (it seems that it had been a long time since he had his cut and he looked so untidy).

Then the client again entered the barber shop and he said to the barber:  “You know what?  Barbers do not exist.”  

“How can you say they don’t exist?” asked the barber.  “I am here and I am a barber.”

The client said:  “They don’t exist because if they did there would be no people with long hair and beard like that man who walks in the street.”

The barber said:  “Ah, barbers do exist, what happens is that people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the client.  “That’s the point.  God does exist.  What happens is people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him.  That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”

Think about it…...

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Sharon Downing

Love your story, Heidi! It certainly is food for thought. Thanks for sharing it.

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Danelle Marie Buelsing

Heidi, this is an interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking story!

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