Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

by Kellie Grabenbauer

My family’s best memories of GSLC are rooted in the third week of June. For more than a decade, I loaded up the kids, popped in a VBS CD, and we gathered in a sanctuary buzzing with energy. There’s nothing like the anticipation and excitement on Monday morning or the exhaustion and satisfaction of Friday at noon. It’s a great blessing that VBS serves the kids from the nursery school and the community, along with our youngest GSLCers. 

As a longtime volunteer, it’s an annual revitalization of my own faith. It’s a reminder of the most basic tenets of what I believe and how to live it the other 51 weeks of the year. The songs filled my heart and my van. Their powerful lyrics still trickle into my brain when I need them most. 

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Vacation Bible School. 

Dive deep, deep into God’s word, we’re learning to live in the water.
Dive deep, deep into God’s word, we’re learning to live by faith. (Great Bible Reef) 

My personal relationship with God begins in the promise of baptism. It’s strengthened through reading and studying His word. Five decades later, I’m still learning how to translate those words into daily practice. 

I will not be afraid, though trouble’s out there, night and day.
I will not be swamped with fear, since God is always, always, always, yeah, I know he’s always here. (Crocodile Dock) 

It’s a scary world out there. There have been many times when fear has been a constant companion. Though the details might be different in your life, we all face fear as an adversary. What comforted me through the darkness was the peace He brought; maybe through a word from a friend, the sunrise of a new day, or in moments of prayer. 

Helping out a neighbor and lending a hand, building up a sister or brother
All the world around is God’s big backyard and there’s plenty of room when we’re loving each other. (God’s Big Backyard) 

My family loves the emphasis that GSLC places on living out faith through service. We’ve packed meals at Hands Against Hunger, served families at the Ronald McDonald House, and painted hallways during God’s Work, Our Hands weekends, just to name a few. When my husband was overseas, we were surrounded by your generosity. It’s been a blessing for my kids to experience God’s love in action. We are all part of God’s creation and we all have a calling to care for this world and the people in it. 

I have a Maker. He formed my heart. Before even time began, my life was in His hands. He knows my name, He knows my every thought.
He sees each tear that falls, and hears me when I call. (Pandamania) 

This theme came at a particularly rough patch when we lived out of state. It was such a needed and powerful reassurance. I am treasured. I am loved. He grieves with me. He rejoices with me. He has written my name on the palm of His hand. Wow. 

It’s almost June and I’m thrilled that Crocodile Dock is back for a new generation. I hope it’s messages stay with you for a lifetime. Leave a comment with YOUR favorite VBS memory.

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