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As we journey together for these 40 days of Lent may these daily devotions serve as Spiritual nourishment.  These devotions have been written by YOU, the members of Good Shepherd, may they serve to inspire, encourage and comfort us, even as they deepen our “knowing” of each other as siblings in this family of faith.  Thank you to all of our authors.  Your willingness to share your insights, joys and struggles around faith, with conviction and vulnerability, is a blessing as we all seek to grow closer to God.

Pastor Heidi Johns

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Daily Devotion

by Carol Wuebbling

I am in mourning. My beloved 96 year old mother died recently, and I feel a huge dark emptiness where my mother always was.   I guess I was prepared for her death; after all, she lived a long, long life. But I was not prepared for her absence. She always asked the pertinent questions; she listened well; she knew me for 73 years. And she loved us all unconditionally.  But I knew Mom’s liver and heart were failing; I knew she slept through most of her days. And I was ready for the inevitable.   So I drove to Michigan ten days before Christmas to gather Mom and Dad and family members at our cottage…knowing this would probably be our last Christmas with Mom.

It was. 

Three days later, Mom died as she lived, lying peacefully next to Dad for 75 years.  After the funeral rituals, the joyous tributes, and the gathering of family and a few friends around Dad, the reality hit me: Mom’s gone.  I could no longer give her loving hugs, nor see her face to face, nor ask her questions whose answers only she knew.  I felt alone.

She’d been a model of Faith for me. The week before she passed away, her caregiver Sandy asked Mom if she was afraid to die. My mother replied, “No, of course not.  I’m ready, whenever the Good Lord sees fit to take me.”  Those words represent Mom’s confident, no-nonsense attitude toward life. And toward death. They should bring me comfort. But the dark emptiness is still there.  Where is God in all this? Where is Christ? And when does mourning cease?

Maybe we all are in mourning, in a way, struggling with the darkness of Covid curtailments, with no face to face meetings, nor physical contacts, nor natural conversations.  In this season of Lent, perhaps our many losses come into sharper focus. Christ suffered and died, and rose from the dead. His model of sacrifice can only serve to strengthen our resolve: Mourning our day-to-day losses is normal. But we can trust that Easter is coming, that His victory over death will be ours, it will be my mom’s;  it will be mine. 

And all the darkness of loss caused by Covid Constrictions will eventually end, too. Our Faith in God reminds us that he is walking the walk of deprivation along with us.  And He encourages us to make his teachings come to life... to embrace the authority of his wisdom…to reach out to others in socially distanced ways and share our faith… to walk through the dark places and know that His Light is always there.  What Peace that brings.  Hallelujah!

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matthew 5:4

What a wonderful God we have…who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials Corinthians 1:3-4 

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Ann Richhart

Carol, Thanks for sharing. Many times I think I will call my Mom who has been gone many years and now lives in my heart. God continue to bless you 😀😍

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