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 Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

In the midst of these days, in the midst of a changing society, expectations, and practices… in the midst of Covid,  I have been feeling really worn down. Wore out. Tired of it. These feelings have a very predictable effect on my attitude as well. I am grumpier, more irritable, and generally, just less joyful. I’m certain that God is not looking at this posture of mine and saying “GREAT JOB, ALEX!” In truth, I’m needing a change. Big time.
I have been really struck by one of my favorite “r” words--repentance.  Yesterday, I pointed out how Job, after being confronted by God, shifts in his approach and decides to stop talking and simply listen. He decided to change.
In his book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson writes that “Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision . . . Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts. Repentance is a decision to follow Jesus Christ and become his pilgrim in the path of peace.” The call to repentance, it seems, is an invitation.
I can get pretty frustrated with the ways of the world in the midst of Covid. Things don’t go the way I want them to and I am angered and frustrated by it. I can disagree with my neighbor so bitterly that I am caught up in that frustration for the whole day. In those times I can justify my anger towards them. I can justify the often negative and divisive words on my lips as righteousness in those moments.  But this isn’t the way of a peacemaker. This isn’t the way of a disciple. The way of a disciple is the path of repentance. It’s changing, it’s turning, it’s realizing that in repentance, as is written in Acts, we turn to God so that our sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”
Seeking a breath of fresh air? Seeking to feel refreshed? Renewed? Perhaps a change is in order. Repent!     

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