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: 5/27/2020 Export event
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

Gearing up for Pentecost and our chance to gather in a new way to share the Lord’s supper, I am reminded of a time I received the Lord’s supper in another unique way.

It had been a week since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the group I was traveling with had just arrived in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Our evacuation plan began straightforward, but after our stay at the refugee camp, then several nights spent at a UN designated safe structure, a precarious day-long boat trip, a night’s stay in a half-constructed hotel, a long walk, a short ride on the back of a couple scooters, a long bus ride, and an afternoon negotiating airline tickets for a dozen people back to the States at the Santo Domingo Airport, my traveling companions and I were finally walking into a hotel to spend the next few nights waiting for our flights.

We walked into the hotel and were quickly given our room information and told to take our time, clean up, and meet back in the lobby so we could sort out dinner. After taking a MUCH needed shower and putting together the cleanest set of clothes I could, I returned to the lobby to find that our group leader (a pastor who was leading the trip) was receiving a plate of buns and a wine glass filled with red wine from hotel staff.

I was immediately struck by an overwhelming sense of comfort and warmth. I knew right away what was about to happen: We were going to have communion! After the long week of challenging experiences, and ever-changing plans, we were going to take a moment and remember again who we are and who our God is; to remember the words said by our teacher to His disciples in a time of great uncertainty. We were going to hear again that our God offers God’s self for the sake of a world in need. Our God sets a table in the most uncertain of times, and sometimes in the strangest of places, and says, “Come. Taste and see.” 

The warmth I felt was the invitation to break bread again with all the saints who were undoubtedly present with us at that hotel dining room table. The folks I had broken bread with as a child who had long since passed away, my family, my ancestors, the first disciples, saints of past, present and future were breaking bread with us when those words were spoken. In a time where nothing felt normal, everything felt foreign, and strange, the table was set and I was invited home again. Given for you. Shed for you.

These are strange times. Uncertain times. But the table is still set. The promise is still secure. Taste and see. 

Previous Article Daily Devotion
Next Article Daily Devotion
Print
6688 Rate this article:
5.0

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment

* If you would like your photo to be next to your comment above, create a free account at https://en.gravatar.com/ and upload your image into your profile.

«June 2022»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293012
3456789

Past Daily Devotions

RSS
123456789101112131415161718192021