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: 3/19/2020 Export event
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Last night Good Shepherd’s Council members gathered for a virtual meeting. We were each in our own living rooms, and yet we were together as the church. As we gathered, I ask everyone to share something that is particularly challenging for them right now, AND to share where they have seen the Fruit of the Spirit taking hold recently. There is no doubt we are all facing unique challenges in these days, but it was so encouraging to hear our Council members express where they have seen the fruit of the spirit also being revealed. They each gave their testimony of where they have seen the fruit of the spirit alive and active in an encounter they have had in the past few days. It was a beautiful moment.

At our meeting we pondered, “what does it mean to be the church, if we can’t gather in our building?”  Again, I was so encouraged by our leaders. There was no hand wringing or excessive worry. They simply knew, deep in their bones, that the church is not a building. The church is us.The church is the people of God, connected as the Body of Christ. And as the church we will continue to worship God (now in new ways), care for each other, love our neighbor and bring God’s good news into the world. We have great appreciation for our beautiful building, and we love to gather in that holy place, but the church is not only located at 7701 Kenwood Road. The church is wherever you are, right NOW. Because wherever you are is also where God is.

What are you finding particularly challenging right now? Where have you seen the Fruit of the Spirit revealed recently? Let us know in the comment section.

Let us pray: Gracious God, we miss gathering in our church building, but we are privileged to BE the church wherever we are. Help us to be on point with your mission, and to share your good news in whatever ways we can. Amen. 

Print
258 Rate this article:
4.2

6 comments on article "Daily Devotion"

Avatar image

Dianne Schneider

I really enjoyed the sermon from Alex last Sunday. I could hear every word which I sometimes have a problem with in church. I am not very good on a computer either so you won't hear much from me, but thanks for all you do.


Avatar image

Laurie VanDrake

We look forward to the Daily Devotions and the weekly Sermons!

Our neighbor called and asked if we needed anything, kindness abounds! Stay well.


Avatar image

Sue Matz

Since we are staying put for the next couple of weeks, our son has volunteered to do our grocery shopping. He is even sending pictures of empty shelves to give us the experience! He has arrived with dinner made for the last several days as it helps fill his time, too. True kindness. We are appreciating all the online resources provided. Thank you.


Avatar image

Roy Johnson

Daily devotions are enjoyable and reassuring. Good to be connected away from the physical building. It is amazing how we can use technology to make this occur. Keep up the good work


Avatar image

Susan Weickgenant

I have been doing some long-distance coordinating for a student that I recently acquired. I spoke today with his newly assigned tutor & was amazed to hear she's a special educator who's providing terrific teaching & support for this young man. I feel like she's been sent by God during this challenging time!


Avatar image

Erlys Johnson

So many fruits of the spirit:my daughter leaving her family for a week to care for me during my surgery. The kind ,gentle and patient care from nurses and drs in the hospital, and friends who call, send cards, provide food. I’m very lucky at this time.

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment

Theme picker

* If you would like your photo to be next to your comment above, create a free account at https://en.gravatar.com/ and upload your image into your profile.

«March 2020»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
23242526272829
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234

Past Devotionals Links

RSS