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

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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