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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Peter Eller

In my childhood years, my family lived for two years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, my mother’s home town.  I had several older first cousins there whom I liked and respected.  

My cousin Christian continued to live in Winston-Salem. Ten years ago, I was talking on the phone with him, as we did occasionally.  I was struggling with a nagging health problem at the time and he asked if I would like to pray with him about it.  I had seen Christian pray with others in need (He was a Moravian minister) so I agreed.  He then gave a sincere prayer for resolution of the problem.  The immediate and profound sense of relief and peace that I felt was remarkable.  I have never forgotten that feeling.

Nearly three years ago, we received word that Christian was very ill and not expected to last more than a few days.  There happened to be a Men’s breakfast at Good Shepherd the next day.  Pastor Alex asked if anyone had prayer concerns that could be addressed by the group.  I asked that Christian be held up in prayer.  The prayers were said, and the meeting concluded.  The next day, we learned from Christian’s niece that he had recovered significantly! He continued to convalesce for the next few months.

Christian passed away a little over two years ago.  We had the chance to visit him in the hospital in his last week, and to talk with him on the phone the day before he died.

Thank you, Pastor Heidi, for the opportunity to tell this story.

I am now praying for my friend Gary, who is intensive care in Atlanta following a massive stroke.

The power of prayer was expressed by the Apostle Paul:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:1

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Danelle Buelsing

Prayer support is a beautiful thing, and having a community at GSLC where we can pray for each other is truly a blessing. I am praying for Gary, Peter.

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