Devotionals
 

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

by Peter Eller

One sunny, warm day near the end of summer several years ago, Lake Isabella Park had a surprise waiting for this unsuspecting visitor.  Rounding a bend in the road, several picnic tables came into view.  Seated around the tables and in chairs on the grass were about three dozen people.  Three guitarists were accompanying the group in an enthusiastic performance of the hymn “How Great Thou Art”.  The warm, open air resonated with the beautiful melody.  I lingered to listen in amazement and gratitude.  The confluence of the natural beauty, the fair weather, and the joyous group of worshippers is an enduring memory.

The question is, “Where was God that day?”

Was God in the balmy breezes and the warmth that they engendered in my heart? 

         The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.   Psalm 23:1-3

Was God in the soaring majesty of the trees and the natural beauty of the park?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell     you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  Matthew 28b-29

Was God in the joyous singing of the assembled group?

         Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!  Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.  1 Chronicles 16:32-33

Or somewhere else?

Strong feelings of wanting to join the group and sing along.  A feeling of kinship with people who (apparently) believe in the God I know and love.  Curiosity about who these people are and what they believe. 

It was a long time ago.  I lingered but a few moments and may never know those people, but it gave meaning to the words of Christ: 

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.  Matthew 18:20

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Roy Johnson

Very enlightening, thanks for sharing your personal experience.


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john soller

Peter - you certainly captured the moment. I could almost hear the music and feel the breeze.


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Danelle Buelsing

How wonderful that the memory of that day continues to bring you joy!

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