Daily Devotions
 

Welcome to Good Shepherd’s Daily Devotions Page!

In the church year the season of Epiphany falls between the seasons of Christmas and Lent.  It is a time when we focus on how God’s hope is revealed in Jesus.  In this season we read the stories of the Baptism and Transfiguration of Jesus and the calling of the Disciples.  Each story reveals a bit about who Jesus is, and what his life means for us and our call to be disciples.

Our Devotions for the season of Epiphany have been written by members of the Good Shepherd staff.  May they enlighten and inspire you and light your path to a deeper walk with God.

Pastor Heidi Johns

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Loving Our Neighbors Near and Far

John 4:4-6, “But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.”

Actually, Jesus didn’t have  to go through Samaria.  Most Jews didn’t when they were traveling, instead they would take the longer route, going around Samaria to avoid interacting with the Samaritans who lived there.  Jesus purposely and intentionally traveled through a place that was despised by many in his day.  The verses following this passage tell the powerful story of Jesus encountering a Samaritan woman at this well where Jesus had stopped to rest.  In that interaction, Jesus models for us that we are called to care not just for those who are “like” us, but we are called to love all people—

Did you know that when you support Good Shepherd you are investing in ministries all around the world?  A portion of your gifts support World Hunger and other ELCA ministries that are on the ground in faraway places empowering people and helping them out of poverty.  At Good Shepherd we also have a direct partnership with the Haitian Timoun Foundation (HTF), learn more about that ministry from Pastor Alex and HTFs  Executive Director, Danette Miller, in this video linked below:  HTF

It’s not too late to make an end of the year gift to Good Shepherd.  The office is open M-W, 9am to 3pm this week and on New Year’s Eve until Noon.  You can drop off your gift after hours in our secure mailbox on the bench outside the front entrance.  It must be at the office by Noon on 12/31 to be counted with this year’s offering.  You can also give online today, using this link.  Donate Thru Realm

Thank you!  Your generosity in support of our mission has been amazing this year.  You are a blessing.

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