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
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Betsy Fields

As I prayed about my devotional, several things came to mind, but I think it’s understandable that what’s in the forefront is still my/our grief over losing (my son) Josh.  It’s still overwhelming. 

In all things, give thanks.

Yet, almost immediately after his death, God’s perfect timing, and my urgent need for thankfulness in all things, became apparent.  Pastor Pat gave us immediate attention and after her sincere and faith-filled words of sympathy, she asked the most precious question - ‘did Josh get to see the newest Star Wars movie?’  I was so thankful for that brief lightening of the mood, and for her special and intimate awareness of how important that question was.  ‘Yes, Nick took Josh to see it.’

In all things, give thanks.

The days and months that followed, showed me how perfect God’s timing is/was and how I became blatantly aware of how thankful I am/was in everything that transpired.

In all things, give thanks.

Those who knew Josh, would likely know he could be a bit fearful of the future, mainly of further illness, and of the uncertainty of what the end would be like.  (He was, however, certain of eternal life - thankfully).  God’s timing ensured that Josh was saved from that, and escaped the fear of possibly contracting Covid-19, which would have been a horrific nightmare.

In all things, give thanks.

The outpouring of love and concern from our church family and friends, was beyond anything we could ever have imagined.  We are so eternally grateful to God for putting you in our lives/bringing us together.

Praise God, in ALL Things.

See the perfection in God’s flawless timing.

Acts 1:7,  Eccles. 3:1-17, 8:6,  1 Peter 5:6-7, 6-11,  1 Thess. 5:18,   Coloss. 3:17

Phill. 4:6,   Ps. 106:1,   1 Tim. 4:4-5

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Dianne G. Gebhardt-French

Betsy, This is incredible. Thoughtful and meaningful. Thank you for sharing. Peace.

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Danelle Buelsing

Betsy, I'm giving thanks for all parts of your healing journey. Thanks for sharing your story.

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Carol Wuebbling

Your insights are wonderful, Betsy, and confirm what we all feel...that God was so wise when He chose you to be Josh's nurturing, faith-filled Mom

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