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!

 
Event date: 4/30/2020 Export event
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

I enjoy going to museums.  I especially love seeing artifacts that help me learn about people of days gone by.  Seeing what kind of tools they used, how they cooked their food, what jewelry they wore, even objects of their spiritual lives or burial practices fascinate me.  I wonder how these people of long ago were different or the same as us?  What were their struggles? What brought them joy or sadness?  What made them laugh out loud? What could they teach us about living a meaningful life?

This weekend in worship we will be reading this passage from the book of Acts, chapter 2:
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

In some ways, reading this passage is like visiting a museum because it tells us a lot about the faith practices of the early followers of Jesus.  Jesus had ascended into heaven, the mighty Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, and now the ever-expanding community of disciples were living their lives in faithfulness. In this passage we see what was important to them.  They lived their faith both in the Temple and at home.  They gathered as a community and devoted themselves to a “Jesus way of life.” They were generous, selling their possessions so they could support those whose needs were great—they shared their meals with glad and generous hearts—and they praised God.   Their very way of life drew others to Jesus as “the Lord added to their numbers.”  I am inspired by their witness.

Someday, someone will be studying our way of life in a museum.  What will they say about how we lived our faith?  What will future generations of Good Shepherd members say about how we were generous with our resources and how we devoted ourselves to a “Jesus way of life.”  What will they say about our faithfulness during the great 2020 pandemic?  What stories will be told about how we praised God, or how we took care of the vulnerable?  Did our way of life draw others to Jesus?  Perhaps the very exercise of pondering these questions will influence how they will one day be answered.

Pastor Heidi Johns

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