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

The word that is a Prayer by Ellery Akers

One thing you know when you say it,
all over the earth people are saying it with you;
a child blurting it out when as the seizures take her,
a woman reciting it on a cot in a hospital.
What if you take a cab through the Tenderloin: 
at a street lamp, a man in a wool cap,
yarn unraveling across his face, knocks at the window; he says, Please.
By the time you hear what he is saying, the light changes, the cab pulls away,
and you don't go back, though you know
someone just prayed to you the way you pray.
Please: a word so short
it could get lost in the air
as it floats up to God as the feather it is,
knocking and knocking, and finally
falling back to earth as rain, 
as pellets of ice, soaking a black branch, 
collecting in drains, leaching into the ground,
and you walk in that weather every day.

This poem was shared with me one day as I sat with my Thursday afternoon knitting group.  We were talking about prayer and one friend said she liked this poem very much.  It is definitely a poem about prayer and people asking God for help when it is needed.  This reminded me of the story where Jesus heals the blind man, Bartimaeus, when he was in Jericho. (Mark 10:46-52)  

What I always liked about that story was how Bartimaeus addressed Jesus.  He pleads by saying, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.”  Can you hear the “PLEASE” in his voice?   Jesus then stops we are told and calls Bartimaeus to come to him.   Jesus then asks him specifically, “What do you want me to do for you?”  Bartimaeus responds, “My teacher, let me see again.”  We are told Bartimaeus is healed by Jesus and that he immediately begins to follow Jesus.  

But this poem is also challenging because it speaks about us being prayed to.  Does that sound strange to you? It did to me at first.  We are not prayed to because we are God, we are prayed to because we are part of the body of Christ, the hands and feet of Jesus in the world.  We are the ones who can help those who are hurting in our world, just like Jesus helped blind Bartimaeus.  Martin Luther said, “God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.”  This poem reminds me that the needs of the world are with us daily and as followers of Jesus we are called to keep our hearts, eyes and ears open to hear these “please”/pleas. 

Where have your recently heard the world praying,  “PLEASE”?

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