Daily Devotions
 

For the next several weeks, as we observe the “Stewardship Season”, our daily devotions will be written by members of Good Shepherd.  I (Pastor Heidi) asked these folks to reflect on how the ministry of Good Shepherd impacts their life, whether through relationships they have, worship experiences or other meaningful ways our corporate life touches them.  As you read their powerful testimonies let your mind also explore how Good Shepherd’s ministry has touched YOUR life in meaningful ways.  How has your faith be deepened because of your church home?

Just a reminder that May 23rd is Stewardship Sunday and we are inviting you to return your Estimate of Giving card on that day when you come to worship.  You can also mail your form in, or fill it out on line.  Our goal as a congregation is to increase our giving by $1000 per week in the year ahead. Thank you.  Now enjoy today’s devotion.

Pastor Heidi Johns

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

by retired Pastor, Pete Rudowski

LIFTING UP THE POSITIVE

Pastor Charlie Shedd, a marriage counselor in the 1960s, wrote a book titled Letters To Karen.  The book contains the advise he gave to his daughter, Karen, as she prepared to be married.

Pastor Shedd’s advice fit perfectly for the 1960s but is woefully out of date today.  With that said, there is one chapter appropriate for any age, namely, lifting up the positives builds and strengthens relationships.  For example, when Pastor Shedd counseled a couple in a strained marriage, he had each create a list about what they liked in their partner.  This was not an easy task when divorce is being considered.  Then, each was to read out loud their list to themselves every day. The rationale behind this exercise is 80% of most relationships is positive but couples are tempted to stress only the negatives.  When the positive is lifted up, it becomes a strong counterbalance to the negatives in a relationship.

Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection occurs after a week where Jesus is challenged by the religious and secular authorities.  It occurs three days after Jesus’ crucifixion.  And, it occurs before Jesus’ church faces persecution.  Easter is making a list of positives in our relationship with God in the midst of difficult times.

In making a positive list about our experiences in our relationship with God, we are affirming no matter what we are experiencing today, no matter what struggles we have, no matter how weary we are, God who resurrects Jesus from the dead will also deliver us from our pains and sorrows.  Jesus who said to the thief on the cross, “You will be with me in paradise” also says to us, “You will be with me in paradise.”  Lifting up the positives in the past gives courage and hope for the present and the future.  Even when we hang on in faith by our finger nails we are given the hope and strength to hang on.

Finally, Easter invites us to remember one way we build our faith is to continually lift up the positive places we have experienced God in the past so we can experience God in the present and the future.

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