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

So far in our Advent devotions we have focused on preparing our hands, homes and hearts for the coming of Christ.  As we enter these final days of Advent we turn our attention to preparing our hopes.  This week we will look at the various characters in the Christmas story to see how each of them played a part in helping to bring God’s hope into the world and into our lives. 

The Christ
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.  Isaiah 9:6

Today we see most clearly how God’s hope is revealed.  The celebration of the birth of Christ is upon us—Jesus, God’s hope that we will know that we are loved, coming in flesh and blood for all the world to see.  This day represents more than just a remembrance of a single day in history 2000 years ago.  Today is a celebration that God continues to come, to be born among us, right now.

Your heart is the manger into which the Christ child is laid.  Your life the flesh and blood through which Jesus continues to be revealed.  Your hope the lens through which the world sees the hope of God.

It breaks my heart that we will not gather tonight in our Sanctuary for Christmas Eve worship.  I will miss seeing your faces and hearing your voices raised in song.  I am longing to place the bread of communion into your hands with God’s hope drenched words, “the body of Christ, broken for you.”  I will miss all the tradition and ritual and the joy of gathering on this holy night.  But we will be together in Spirit, worshipping as one community in new ways online.

Here is the most important thing to remember.  Jesus will be born among us.  God is with us, even as we gather together from our homes.  The joy of the Christ Child will be drawing us together as a church family.  This year’s new way of worshipping does not diminish the bright glow of God’s love one bit.  Our Savior comes, born on this silent night, joining us and always calling us to make God’s hope our hope.

As you join us for worship, know that your church family is worshipping with you, and that your church family extends around the globe as the world joins in celebration of God taking on flesh to live among us.  Here is the link for the worship resources:  Worship Resources

If you have been reading through the book of Luke this month, today you will read the last chapter, Luke 24.  Here is the link: Luke 24

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