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 Pat Badkey

Daily Devotion

In this week’s Daily Devotions, I will be sharing poems which have spoken to my faith over the years.  I visit these poems again and again and each time they speak to me in new ways.  Now I want to say I am not a scholar in any form or fashion when it comes to poetry but I have enjoyed these poems.  I recently was part of a poetry circle, where we mindfully read a few selected poems.  By being in that circle, I was reminded that poems make us think and ponder and in the case of the poems I am sharing, they make me ponder my faith.  I pray you will find these devotionals helpful and another way that you too will encounter your faith and perhaps hear God speaking to you.

Praying by Mary Oliver
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSV)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I have always wondered what did it look like to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstance as St. Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica.  Mary Oliver’s poem Praying helped me consider what that might look like in my life.  It now seems to me that part of praying without ceasing means paying attention to what we see happening around us each and every day and then patching together some words which we lift up to God.  I like the phrase in this poem when she says, “don’t try to make them elaborate” because it frees me to pray whatever is on my mind and in my heart in that moment.  So I may just lift up a prayer of thanks and gratitude when I hear good news.  Or I may stop to say I  am sorry when I have dropped the ball when it comes to living out my faith.  Or I may just stop and say help Lord when I know someone is hurting or I need God’s help.  Or I may just praise God for the beautiful sunrise I saw on my morning walk.  Just patch a few words together, they need not be elaborate, but be sure to do this--pray.

What does it mean for you to pray without ceasing?

What is a favorite poem which speaks to your faith?  Why?

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