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

The Martyrs of Japan, died 1597

Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

You may not know this about me, but I love congregational singing. You might also be surprised that I especially like congregational hymn singing when led by professional and intentional folks like our music leaders at Good Shepherd. There is something meaningful to me to sing familiar hymns and liturgy surrounded by all sorts of voices. It is as if I can hear the Holy Spirit flowing through the assembled body of Christ.

Congregational hymn and liturgical singing connects me with my grandmother who sang in a church choir in rural Iowa and had hymnals on her home piano. While our hymnal has changed colors (blue, red, green, cranberry) holding it brings me back to the church I where I was raised; sitting on the hard wood pews, doodling on the visitor cards, and being seeped in the music and words that are now so familiar to me.

Today’s reading reminds me of these moments that I have experienced throughout my life of faith and how much I miss being in church with you all. It seems like so long ago that we sang the Kyrie or This is the Feast together. In the same way, I yearn to sit around a full table at Nosh, while Alice leads us in song (a round of course!). 

Perhaps the words of the psalm can give us hope as we wait expectantly for our safe return to the sanctuary or the dinner table at the Edge House. In it we are reminded that God builds up, gathers, heals, and lifts up. While we cannot be certain when this will happen, I trust that God will lead us in song together once again.

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