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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Have you ever noticed that as we read stories in the gospels, Jesus is always welcoming people?  It seems any time he meets someone, he does not turn away.  Jesus welcomes people into his presence whether he is preaching, teaching or healing.  He even welcomes those people who are often despised or cast aside in his culture such as the sinner, the tax collector, women and children.

Jesus is a shining example of how we might welcome others.  Whether it is welcoming friends into our homes, visitors who worship at Good Shepherd or just saying hello to a stranger on the street, we are called to display a welcoming attitude toward all whom we meet.

But often we experience our world as a place of brokenness and alienation. Jesus calls us to wholeness and reconciliation. As disciples of Jesus, we seek justice and healing among people.  We affirm that each person is God’s unique creation and by God’s grace, each is called a child of God. 

St. Paul boldly wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28.

These verses from Galatians epitomize God’s welcoming attitude.  These words were a reminder to the early church.  By being welcoming and crossing cultures the early church went against their cultural norm as they welcomed people different than themselves into the body of Christ.   Back then, like today, there are some who found it hard to welcome the stranger, the one they did not know based on cultural differences.  Paul wrote that Jesus destroyed all barriers and encouraged the Galatians to recognize they were all one in Christ.

The hymn All Are Welcome (ELW-641) is found under the heading Community in Christ in our hymnal.  This hymn encourages us to be a welcoming Christian Community as we are the body of Christ in Cincinnati.  It seems we do this best when we welcome all who enter our building, when we serve our neighbors in need across Cincinnati and when we recognize there is no distinction between love and justice and then act accordingly.  

Please take a few minutes to listen to this recording of All Are Welcome and as you do so consider where GSLC might be called to share a welcoming spirit in Cincinnati.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiHruyZtvXxAhU_FlkFHdHdA44QyCkwAHoECAMQAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGlnVLP0qFEo&usg=AOvVaw38r-F2kdYiRUDOtRQmB8r6

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