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!

 
Daily Devotion
Pastor Pat Badkey

Daily Devotion

i thank You God by e. e. cummings 

i thank You God for most this amazing day:

for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
 
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
 
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened) 

            This poem has rested under my clear vinyl desk pad for years.  Whenever I read it, like many poems I have shared, there is a celebratory note for the gift of God’s creation.  We truly live on magnificent tiny blue planet which provides us with what we need to live.  The beauty of our home can take our breath away. 

            However, the surprising phrase from this poem for me is, “I who have died am alive again today.”  I hear in that phrase the daily call to remember my baptism so I might die to my sin and brokenness and be raised to new life because of Christ, because of the love, grace and forgiveness of God.  Did you ever see the movie, City Slickers?  In the movie Billy Crystal’s character reminds his friends that life has its moments when we are invited to a Do-Over.   I am grateful for the call to daily die to sin because it is an invitation to a big Do Over in my life.  St. Paul said it more eloquently when he wrote, “ So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) 

 I have also noticed this, when we daily die to sin and are raised to new life in Jesus, it often awakens in us our call to experience, hear and see our neighbors and our world in new way, “now the eyes of my eyes are opened.”  When we are a new creation, we often wake up to God’s vision for our world and reach out to those who need God’s love most.  This all leads me to say with the poet, “i thank you God for most this amazing day!”

 

Which phrase in this poem makes you pause and reflect? 
What makes you thank God for most this amazing day?

The picture is one painted by e.e. cummings

 



 

 

           

 

 

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