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!

 
Pastor Alice Connor

Daily Devotion

A white friend of mine recently said, “I had no idea that racism was still as bad as it is. And now I’ve realized that assumption, that not-knowing, is the problem.” This is part of what we mean when we use the word “privilege,” the ability to not even know how bad something is for another person because their experience is different than ours. A lot of folks think the word “privilege” is some sort of insult, a word that should make us feel shame or misery, but it’s really only a description of a way things are. The word simply means that we’re likely to underestimate how bad the problem is by default because we are never personally exposed to that problem. It’s not a moral judgment on how difficult our lives are.

We all struggle, we all feel pain, and, indeed, it’s a true fact that “all lives matter.” Of course they do—our Bible tells us that in the very first story. The problem is that some of our siblings in God’s Creation have lives that have not mattered to the rest of us because of the color of their skin. Some of our siblings have experienced extreme trauma--generational trauma, systemic trauma--because of the color of their skin. And the rest of us have the privilege of not experiencing that trauma. White folk are not by necessity bad or shameful because of this, but once we see it, once we see the history of subjugation and its continued existence, we are obligated to respond with kindness and support and work.

Yeah, I said work. Not in the “we an earn righteousness” way, of course, but as a loving response, as sanctification. And it’s hard. To read history from a black perspective, to notice in ourselves the ways we have not noticed or accidentally contributed to hurt—it’s a lot. But it’s so worthwhile! Seeing privilege, seeing racism for what it is an opportunity for us to do better, to change the world.

What have you noticed about yourself in recent weeks? What is your “next right thing” related to racism in America?

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