Daily Devotions
 

We are thrilled to once again be sharing a daily devotion with you for the season of Advent. These inspiring devotions have been written by YOU the members of Good Shepherd.  A sincere “thank you” to everyone who opened their hearts to share a small piece of their faith journey with us.   As we journey toward Bethlehem in this season, take time each day to walk with God and experience the stirrings of the deep love that took on flesh to walk with us.  

During the four week Advent season, each Wednesday our devotion will be a video reflection by Dr. Kevin Seal, Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, as he shares a teaching about the Words and Music of Advent.

Each new day’s devotion will go live directly on our webpage, goodshepherd.com at 6am, (look under the worship tab at the top right of the front page) or you can follow the link that will be sent out later each morning in an email from Good Shepherd.  


Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

Colossians 4:2-18

Be Nice

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt… v.6

As one that grew-up in the upper Midwest, niceness was a character trait that I learned as a young age was something that I should strive for. One of the first lessons my four-year old niece learned that respect means be nice. 

Should we strive to be nice to others? Yes. However, sometimes our desire to be nice to others can do harm. Niceness can sometimes be an excuse not to challenge someone’s internalized racism and white privilege. Niceness could cause a someone not to assert themselves against one that would harm them. Niceness has led me not to confront a relative’s anti-muslim and anti-immigrant speech. Niceness protects the status quo, to the detriment of those marginalized and oppressed.

The writer of the epistle calls us to gracious speech, not to be nice. Speech seasoned perhaps with some salty language from time to time. Our speech should always extend the work of God’s grace—  which sometimes means not being nice. 

God of grace, give us courage to speak up even when it means not being nice. Amen.

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