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

Galatians 5:2-15; 13,14

Over the course of the pandemic there were and continue to be some voices that asserted that their freedom was hindered by mask wearing, social distancing, and the closure of some businesses and institutions in the name of public health. This is not a new sentiment, but has become more apparent over the last year. It sometimes seems that in this country the values of personal freedom or liberty trump all others. These values, in and of themselves are not negative, but rather become negative when they effect the health and safety of the community as a whole.

This is what Paul is reminding us in verses 13 and 14. Clearly the freedom to get a haircut or go to the gym or movie theater or even gather for worship is self-indulgent during a community health crisis. Especially when it is white people that often disregard health advisories and how COVID-19 has disproportionately harmed radicalized groups and the poor. The same could be said of those who drive cars larger that what they need which create more harmful emissions that harm our planet and generations of humans to come.

How could we better become “slaves to one another” and love our neighbors as ourselves?And not just the neighbors we like or look like, but those who look different than us? How can we better understand our place in the interconnected web of God’s creation as a whole?

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