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
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Daily Devotion

Jackie Cutshall

From 1947 to 1951 my family lived on a farm outside of Loveland, Ohio.  Our closest neighbors were a mile away. Our road was seldom traveled as we were the only house on it.  One day my father was burning a brush pile in a nearby field when a gust of wind blew burning pieces into the field and a fire started to spread.  We all were out there with brooms, rugs and whatever we could use to try to stop the fire but it kept spreading. 

   A lone passing car saw the blaze and drove into Loveland to notify the fire department.  A pumper truck and a few firemen came to see if they could help.  Since they only had the water in the truck and no easy source for more water, the firemen said they would wet down the side of the house if the fire came to the house.  There was nothing we could do but watch and pray.  The fire continued to grow.  As it got quite near the house, the wind suddenly changed direction and turned the fire back on itself where it finally died out.  My father said we had seen the hand of God and that day we did not lose our home.  

   We all have been watching the deadly fires burning in the western United States.  Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and have lost everything.  Whole communities have been destroyed.  Many people have died.  Where is the hand of God in all that?  We see the valiant efforts of the firefighters on the front lines, the relief workers providing food and shelter, people grateful they are alive, neighbors consoling each other, medical workers providing care, and know that within all this chaos God is bringing glimpses of hope to everyone suffering.  God is there!

 

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”  2 Cor. 5:1

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”  Jer. 29:11

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Danelle Buelsing

Thanks be to God for all of the ways that He works in the world.

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