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Welcome to Good Shepherd’s Daily Devotions Page!

During the weeks of Fall, our Daily Devotions are being written by members of Good Shepherd.  Each day one of your brothers or sisters in Christ will be reflecting on faith and life as we all adjust to many changes in our world.  I pray these writings will inspire, comfort and challenge you to grow in faith.  Our dedicated authors have written about their insights, joys and struggles and have been courageous enough to share them with us so that we can also ponder where God is showing up in our own lives. 

As a way to encourage the writers and each other I invite you to share a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the page each day.

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Molly Kavanaugh

One of my pandemic projects has been going through journals I wrote long ago when I was in my 20s. I was (and still am) a sensitive soul but had forgotten that as a young woman I cried a lot, especially over really silly things. (I’ll spare you the details.)

I still have an affection for tears (nothing like a good cry) but as I got older my tears have been mostly controlled and appropriate. Then came COVID-19.

I cry while reading the paper or listening to the radio about a family’s resiliency or suffering. Today I heard about a 27-year-old college student in Kentucky who had to drive to the school’s parking lot because she did not have Wi-Fi at home.

I cry when I see someone I haven’t seen in months, like my exercise teacher and my 96-year-old friend in assisted living. I cry after the visit with my elderly friend because her poor hearing coupled with social distancing and masks made it almost impossible to talk.

I cry when I see children wearing face masks and when I see adults without them.

I cry when I remove my 50th high school reunion from the calendar, but then a video from St. Ursula Academy arrives to acknowledge the postponed event. 

I cry hearing about the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police officers.

I cry that my 93-year-old aunt died, the last of my mother’s original family, and we did not gather for a funeral.

I cry not knowing when I will see my 31-year-old son in Los Angeles.  And I cry most every Sunday when I “attend” church.

My friends and I talk about this, how easy our tears flow these days.  But at a time when so many of our behaviors are abnormal, crying feels like one of the most natural things to do.  

I know God hears my cries, your cries too, and understands our tears.  God is ever at our side, each tearful step of the way. Yes, tears can be healing, but I rest knowing that God is the supreme healer.  

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

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Danelle Buelsing

I remember hearing Pastor Alice describe it as "the gift of tears", which I thought was a beautiful description for something that reflects love and compassion.

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