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!

 
Daily Devotion
Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion

This story was written by the Hettich Family

We spent quite a bit of time as a family  discussing and listening for where God is calling us to help with the very generous “God’s Grace YOUR Hands” gift we received. We lived in Panama City, Panama for many years. During our time there, we were able to witness good economic, social and political progress for the country overall. However, we were always aware of the extremely difficult life circumstances and hardships many Panamanian families still face today.

We therefore decided to reach out to the Tatare congregation of the Iglesia de Cristo en Panama, and shared with them Good Shepherd's “God’s Grace YOUR Hands” blessing. We asked them to let us know where God was calling them. Please feel free to google the Iglesia de Cristo en Panama and the Tatare congregation (also on facebook).

The Tatare church council met, and they discussed Good Shepherd’s “God’s Grace YOUR Hands” blessing. They decided to help one of their members with the most urgent need - the Franco family. The Franco family, originally from the ngäbe-buglé comarca in the province of Veraguas, Panama, is currently being supported by the Tatare congregation. Mr. Franco recently lost his work when his employer of many years “closed down”. Mr. Franco not only lost his employment, but at the same time the Franco family lost their “home”, since the employer had also provided living space for the family. We sent our gift of $500 plus $250 to our contacts in the Tatare Church Council.

Luke 14 

Jesus said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Reflection: What connections do you have with this issue of poverty on a global scale?  Please take some time to learn about hunger in our world.  This link is a great place to start: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-World-Hunger

Is God calling you to be generous in some way in response?

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