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 Pat Badkey

Daily Devotion

The Psalms are sometimes called the prayer book of the Bible.  Perhaps the reason for this is that the 150 Psalms give voice to all the different moods we might feel as God’s faithful, prayerful, pilgrim people.

Today I wanted to write about Psalm 51, which I invite you to read in its entirety.  The authorship of this psalm is often attributed to David, when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan, for the many terrible actions he took because he coveted Bathsheba.  This psalm is also probably familiar to many people because it is used on Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent, when the church, the body of Christ takes time to reflect on the quality of our faith and our lives.  This time of reflection during Lent was never meant to be maudlin, but rather serve as a time of restoration, transformation and spiritual growth all rooted in the gift of baptism. 

But I have to admit, earlier in my life, when I would read this psalm in liturgy, it was a time to beat myself up on all the things I did not do as a follower of Jesus.  For example, I did not always speak well of my friends, I was quick to judgment about their behavior, I stood by and said nothing when I could of spoken out for what was right.  Yes, I had a lot of failures as a follower of Jesus which I knew so well because as this psalm says, my sin was ever before me, verse 3,

However, over time, I began to recognize, what the psalmist was asking  and praying for, was that God’s light would enter his/her life to restore it and transform it so it would reflect God’s love and concern for the world.  Leonard Cohen, wrote and sang, “Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything , that’s how the light gets in.”  Cohen’s words speak to my heart as a follower of Jesus because they invite me to be faithful and engaged in God’s vision for the world my whole life long knowing I will not always get it right.   So there is no reason to be ashamed to pray for God’s steadfast love to cleanse us, verses 1 & 2;  or for God to teach us wisdom in our secret hearts, verse 6; or for God to create in us a clean heart and put a new and right spirit within us, verse 10 because these are ways that God’s light gets into our lives and change them for God’s purposes and for good of the world. 

So on days when I struggle to reflect God to others by what I say, think and do, I often find myself praying, “create in me a clean heart and put a new and right spirit within me.  For me Psalm 51 is not about my failure but my transformation as God’s beloved child.

When you read Psalm 51, what words speak to your heart?  What is God saying to you through these verses?

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