Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

We are going to be working on various ways to stay connected to you all during this unusual time.  One way will be through this (nearly) Daily Devotional to your inbox, and copied here where you have the opportunity to contribute comments and responses to the reflection questions.

Another is through a weekend message, like Pastor Alex did this past weekend. We are continually talking as a staff as to the best ways to keep in contact and support you all in the midst of these days.  

Additionally, the 2020 Lenten Devotional which was written by our members, is available here on the website, just follow this link to the Publications page.

Peace,

Pastor Heidi Johns

Event date: 3/16/2020 Export event
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

March 16, 2020, Monday

Here is a story (and some reflection questions added) from the 2020 Devotional booklet as written by GSLC member, Mary Naylor:

I have always believed that God does not cause bad things to happen, but  that He brings people into your life to help you get through them. This was never more apparent than when my husband, Dave, was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2007.  He had just retired from UC in August.  Needless to say, we were devastated.  He had had the symptoms for about 10 months before,  but we never expected that devastating diagnosis. 

Not long after the diagnosis, I was driving down Zig Zag Road crying and asking God why this was happening to us.  I will never forget the feeling that a blanket  or cloud was surrounding me in the car.  I felt such a sense of peace and calm. 

I felt that was God saying "It will be alright. I will take care of you."

It brings tears to my  eyes whenever I think back on that experience.  I couldn’t have imagined  the kindness and love we received from the church and from friends near and far.  Dave didn’t  blame God and his faith never waivered during his struggle with ALS.  We joined the ALS monthly support group in Cincinnati that I continue to attend as it helped Dave and me so much. God did take care of us through our many friends who sent cards, made visits and phone calls, supplied meals and prayed for Dave.

I truly believe that God did not cause Dave’s ALS, but He did bring many people into our lives to help us get through it.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Reflection Questions:

  • Do you have a story like Mary’s when you felt God’s comfort and kindness in a powerful way?  Can you tell that story to someone else so that they may find comfort in it?
     
  • How are you experiencing God’s comfort and kindness in these days?
     
  • How might God be inviting you to show comfort and kindness to others today?

Prayer: God, help me to see the many ways you are caring for me and the world.  Give me courage to show your kindness to others.  Amen.

Peace,

Pastor Heidi Johns

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