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 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Pastor Shedd’s advice fit perfectly for the 1960s but is woefully out of date today.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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