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Hello Good Shepherd!

During the first two weeks in June, our Daily Devotions will be lifting up stories from our God’s Grace Your Hands event held on September 8, 2019.  On that day we gave every household in attendance at worship a check for either $100, $250 or $500, sealed in an envelope.  The “Pay To The Order Of” line on the check was left blank so the recipients could gift the check to whomever they would like.   Our instructions were simple, “Go and share God’s blessings with the world.”  Here are just a few of the stories of what folks did with the check they received, may the stir up your own desire to find Joy in Generosity.

Peace,

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

As we kick off our month long theme of Joyful Generosity here is a story shared by Tracey Long and her family regarding what they did when they received a check on God’s Grace Your Hands Sunday last September:

What an incredible gift it is to receive and be able to share God's Grace! Since I am a member of our Church Council, I had lots of time to think about this program and the many possibilities for how our family could share God's Grace. Maybe too much time- the needs are broad and deep and choosing one feels like a decision to neglect another. Our family felt called to reach someone whose needs were at risk of being overlooked- who doesn't fit into the "system" of charitable support yet is in need of a helping hand.

One of my friends, who is deeply compassionate and always a champion for others, shared on Facebook about a family in need in my community. She sought support for them by reaching out on Facebook saying "the mom struggles with severe health issues and is truly unable to work. She is divorced, and the kids' father has a terminal diagnosis with limited time left...this is going to be an incredibly difficult holiday season for this family and I want so much for them to know they are not alone..." I knew this was where God wanted His love and grace to be experienced.

My friend cried tears of gratitude for this gift which she will deliver to this family- sadly, yet somehow seemingly on God's timing- just as they grieve the loss of their husband and father. Will you please join us in praying for this family, and all families, facing difficult days ahead?

Here is what Tracey’s friend Kerry wrote after receiving the Long’s gift for this family--

Humbled and beyond grateful tonight as I felt the presence of God. Every year God places a family on my heart to help for the holidays- one that needs not only assistance but hope and love. This year the family was a friend of mine. She suffers from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and is unable to do most things that we take for granted. She was recently divorced from her husband,  She was left raising three kids, two who have been diagnosed with Lupus. Tracey Long stopped by with a donation and to my surprise gave me a check for $500 and additional gift cards to give to this family. She had read my post asking for others to join me and help this family during Christmas. A few hours before Tracey came over, I was notified that the father passed away. I often question how much this family can handle but God works through mysterious ways to allow us to feel His holy presence through others. My favorite scripture is from Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ and for gracing us with His love. Forever touched and forever grateful.

Reflection Questions
Have you ever experienced God’s leading you to a situation where you felt called to help?  Perhaps God is offering you just that kind of invitation in the days of COVID 19.  How will you respond?

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Ann Walker

I love this story! I really enjoyed this year’s Lenten Devotional as it helped me feel connected to members of GSLC on a deeper level rather than the more superficial yet heartfelt greetings on Sunday’s. And I feel the same way hearing these stories of Gods Work our hands because we are connected by God’s love, our lives changed by His mercy and grace, and our desire to share the good news. It all connects us. We are a church family at GSLC and part of THE church family. Thank you for sharing.

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