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!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Sue Berkoben

We often ask, “Why do bad things have to happen to good people?”
We will never fully understand that, but we can be encouraged by Jesus’
words in John 16:33, “In this world, you will have trials and tribulation, 
but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

            What about the young father who dies from injuries as a result of a 
automobile accident?  Where is the good in that?  Nobody will ever have an exact
answer for that, but maybe it shows a merciful God who let the young father come home
to heaven instead of spending a miserable, painful life here on earth.

            What about the mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer?  Where is the
good in that?  However, in a routine MRI, a malignant brain tumor was discovered
resulting in a surgery that saved her life and treatment that put the breast cancer in

            We have to have faith that no matter what happens; God is always caring for
us!  It just might not be in the way we were expecting. In Isaiah 55:8-9, God said,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”.

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