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!

Event date: 4/6/2020 Export event
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

April 6, 2020

Daily Devotion Monday In Holy Week

John 12:1-11

    Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it[c] so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

      9 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

   This is the scripture reading assigned for Monday in Holy Week.  In John’s Gospel it was when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead that the Chief Priests’ plan to put Jesus to death was set in motion.  While that dreadful scheme was taking shape, we also have this tender scene of Jesus enjoying dinner with his friends.  During that dinner Mary anoints Jesus’ feet.  She was, no doubt, grateful that Jesus had given her brother Lazarus back to her and her sister Martha.  I suspect it was out of pure love and gratitude that she takes what must have been her most valuable possession, a pound of costly perfume, and offers it to Jesus in this beautiful gesture. 

    As we enter into this holy time, where do you find your gratefulness and love for Jesus welling up?  Is there a tender prayer or gentle action you can take as a way to thank him for his boundless love for you?  Can you love your neighbor (even the neighbor you are sheltering in place with) as though you were loving Christ?

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