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

A favorite quote of mine from the novel “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver is “What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive.” I have felt this way many times, many days in a row as the new realities that the COVID pandemic brought with it became normalized for me and my family. 

My family lives in a school district where public education has been delivered virtually more than in-person this year. By virtue of being blessed with flexibility as a staff member at GSLC, I have been the parent to primarily be at home with our three kids (ages 11, 8, and 4) during COVID, learning to set multiple alarms in my cell phone so that we don’t miss a Google Meet lesson with a teacher, planning breakfast and lunch meals around independent work times, and double-checking folders for completed work before heading to school each Friday for a work packet exchange. I am on this new road of distance learning headed towards a blended-learning model and I have learned how to drive it. 

And it has felt like a long road so far this school year. With lots of detours along the way, but what keeps me going is hope. Paul writes in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

I hope that our kids will remember all this extra time that we got to spend together fondly. I hope that our kids are learning how to navigate disappointments in life. I hope that our kids become more appreciative of the simple things in life that bring them joy. 

I am not sure where or when the COVID road will end, but I believe that it eventually will. In the meantime, I will just keep driving on it full of hope. 

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