Daily Devotions

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Event date: 4/28/2020 Export event
Mark Buelsing

Daily Devotion

Since Ohio’s call to shelter in place in mid-March, Steve and I have spent most Saturday evenings watching a movie together, enjoying a snack or two.  Sometimes it has been an old favorite that we have seen before and other times it has been something just released.  You might say it has become a quarantine ritual.  This past Saturday, Steve and I watched the movie, The Two Popes, which was released in 2019.  For Steve, it was his first time to see it and for me it was my second time.  

I highly recommend this quiet yet powerful movie which pulls back the curtain and lets viewers see the relationship between the two popes and their call and their desire to serve God, the church and the people of God in the world.  

This movie highlights for me how Pope Francis continues to challenge Christians  to be courageous, go out with our faith engaged and meet  people every day.  He believed as Christians we should create a “culture of encounter”.  To encounter people is to do as Jesus said in the parable found in Matthew 25 but especially verses 34-37.  To encounter people is to do  as the Quaker, George Fox suggests, “Walk joyfully on the earth and respond to that of God in every human being.”  To encounter people is to serve them.   I think Pope Francis would say to  encounter people is to really see their situation, and then respond to it by looking them in the eye and touching them on the hand as we serve.  

Then as I listened to Pastor Alice’s sermon on Sunday where she spoke about encountering Jesus at the UDF, all of these thoughts coalesced for me.  Someone much wiser than me said, “We do not think ourselves into a new way of living, we live/act ourselves into a new way of thinking.”  When we truly encounter people in their circumstances we are changed and our hearts are open to them.

For me, right now because of the times we live in, we seem to be given the chance to encounter people, experience the God in them and have our hearts opened wide once again.

So I am wondering, in this time of sheltering in place, how are you encountering Jesus in the other and how has this opened your heart?


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