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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

Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

James 5:7-12

Patience and Endurance

...be patient as you wait for the coming the Lord. (v.7)

In my part of the world, spring seems to take along time coming. Long after winter holidays and bright, fresh snowfalls, the both the sky and the land appear to just be a dingy grey. It seems like days pass without sun. It is on these days that my eyes ache for green sprouts and a break in the clouds.

Our passage from James we read today, speaks to the patience I need on late winter days. Later in the reading, the James also speaks of endurance. As a runner of marathons, I appreciate this encouragement as well; perhaps looking to others that have crossed the finish line as evidence that, yes, I can do that too!

Whether it is due to illness, unemployment, or the fight for racial justice, we need patience and endurance to actively wait for the in-breaking of God’s healing presence. Though waiting is often difficult, the Lord will come. “[F]or the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (v. 11b)

Faithful God, remind us that you are along side us as we await your coming. Amen.

Prayer concern: Those waiting for racial justice

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