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

Five years ago a young white man entered Mother Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, ostensibly to participate in their bible study but soon to murder the nine other attendees because they were black. He was raised in the Lutheran Church ELCA.

Lutheran pastor Lenny Duncan wrote his book Dear Church soon after that moment, partly to name out loud to himself and to the denomination he loves that we are culpable for that shooting. We didn’t do it, none of us knew the shooter, we’re not advocating in our pews or our own bible studies for some sort of race war, and yet our participation in a culture which was built and thrives on racism encouraged his actions. Our congregation, as sad as it is to say, is more likely to produce a shooter than to be the target of one. And yet, as Pastor Duncan says, we are a denomination--Good Shepherd is a church—filled to the brim with love and forgiveness and possibility. He wrote his book to call the church to account and also to sing out his delight in the church.

This is the uncomfortable space Martin Luther spoke about in calling humans simul Justus et peccator, simultaneously saint and sinner. They are both true all the time. Any time we set one of those two aside, we are not seeing ourselves or the world clearly.

How do you see yourself as a saint and a sinner simultaneously?

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Ann Walker

I love traditions, they make me feel safe and secure. Rituals that connect us over time. But we need to get uncomfortable at times to let others in, not just by not being overtly racist but actively anti-racist. I think we need to show our love to all our members and visitors. On occasion I have felt uncomfortable at times because I am a single mom and not a traditional family and I am a member. By not allowing our LGBTQ to get married in our church does not seem to be in line with Christian love and acceptance. What potential members are we welcoming? What potential members feel left out? I think we can all challenge ourselves to practice radical love of all of brothers and sisters, regardless of race, gender, or situation. Lean in to the discomfort for that is where there is the most growth.

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