Devotionals
 

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 Pr. Heidi Johns

The Blessing is the last hymn I want to use in this week’s devotional.  This hymn is based on the words Aaron, Moses’ brother, used to pronounce blessing on the people of Israel.  They may sound very familiar to us because we use these words as our benediction at the end of our worship service.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace
.  (Numbers 6:24-26) 

According to the dictionary, a benediction is a short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance.  The Latin prefix “bene” means good or well as in benefit or benefactor.  The word diction means the pronouncement of words.  Thus, a benediction or a blessing is pronounced at the end of the worship.  However, benedictions and blessings were never just limited to use in worship.  In the New Testament, Jesus pronounced blessings on people as did the authors of the many letters in the New Testament.  In the Pauline letters, he often opens and closes his letters asking for blessings/benedictions to be upon his readers. 

But here is why a benediction/blessing is important to our lives.  A benedictions give us God-sized expectations for our future.  They help us focus on the gracious future that God wants for us.  Benedictions also help us set our minds on God’s mind and God’s grace.  You might say they direct our hearts to God’s heart so we can be rooted in it.  

Finally, a benediction does not conclude something it helps transition to something else.  When a New Testament author gives a benediction at the end of letter, he gathers up the ideas of the letter, and reframes them as an expected blessing. They are like bridges, so they carry God’s hope, peace, encouragement into everyday life.  The beauty of a benediction is that it invites us to hold out our hands in faith and receive God’s blessing, so we can take God’s promises and peace with us, no matter where we go. 

Please listen to The Blessing performed by some of the musicians of Good Shepherd and receive God’s blessing on your life reemembering God is for us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIOvITshjmo&list=PLd-DolKcKwdu2Yq0CaVlEdfkLVcOcLBEP&index=55

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