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.  

Daily Devotion
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Danelle Buelsing

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5

   I was heading into Stein Mart to look for a yoga mat when I tripped over a curb.  I don’t know how I missed the step; my face mask may have obstructed my vision, or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.  All I know is that my arm reached out to break my fall, and I felt instant pain.

   When I got home, I thought about my arm’s automatic reaction and how it had resulted in a sprained wrist.  Holding ice on my swollen hand, I wondered why God thought it was a good idea to program something into us that could so easily result in injury.  Of course, I know that my outstretched arm may have prevented something more serious, like a concussion or a neck injury.

Every now and again, questions pop up in my mind that don’t have an easy answer, questions that start with something like “Why would God.…”  It isn’t the kind of thing that results in a major faith crisis, but rather causes a tiny ripple in my relationship with God.  It allows a little bit of doubt to settle in, a subconscious thought that maybe God doesn’t have the ability or the intention to look out for my best interest.  At those times of doubt, it helps me to remember when I felt sure of God’s guidance and love—when He provided a clear answer or – my favorite – a bit of serendipity. I like to catalog those God moments in my mind, and pull them out during the times that I need a faith boost.  They provide a reminder to trust God and to hold on to this truth:

  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Heavenly Father, thank you for all the ways that you show us your love and guidance.  Help us to trust you, even when your reasons aren’t clear to us.  Amen.

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