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

 

Introduction for this week's Devotions

 

I’m sure you’ve seen footage of or stories about this summer’s protests in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. These are only the most recent in a long history of Black and White people protesting violence by people in power in our country. Truly, they are a part of a long history of people around the world protesting violence by people in power. And they are part of a long history of people of faith protesting violence of all kinds—I just finished writing a chapter for my next book about the Syro-Phonecian woman (that is, non-Jewish) who asks Jesus to help her daughter and Jesus’ response is to say he’s not here to feed the dogs but the children. Can you imagine? And she pushes back saying, “Even the dogs under the table eat the crumbs the children drop.” She stands up for herself, her children, her people, and Jesus reckons it to her as righteousness!

Protestantism takes its very name from this practice of protest. And that’s precisely what it is, a spiritual practice. You’ll notice, it’s not the only spiritual practice by a long shot! Prayer, fasting, giving alms, working the soil, music and so many more things are practices—that is, intentional actions done over and over—that can bring us into deeper communion with God and each other. Protest can be a spiritual practice. One of the most moving aspects of protest for me is the music. The songs folks sing as they sit or march or work are rooted deeply in the Christian and Jewish traditions and speak to the pain and struggles and hope that we experience in all aspects of our lives. This week, I am bringing y’all a handful of songs I’ve learned recently and some questions you might ask yourself as you listen to them, learn them, and find yourself singing them at odd hours of the day.

 

Listen to this song, a traditional African-American spiritual here performed by the gospel choir from Howard University, an HBCU. Let the harmonies wash over you, notice if there’s a word or phrase that resonates with you this moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-EVRMk5Zow

You’ve heard the phrase “the next right thing”? It’s about not looking at the vast distance we still have to go but at your own next step. What’s in front of you that you are equipped to do? What is in front of you trying to turn you around and send you back? Does this or another song help you have the courage to push on towards justice or compassion or whatever it is you’re waiting for?

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