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 Phyllis Favorite

by Phyllis Favorite

Am I Doing This Right? 

Read: John 4:5-26 

To say that life at this nearly one-year pandemic mark has been overwhelming, challenging, and isolating is like saying that “water is wet.” It is there, it is obvious, and it has been something we have each endured in our different ways. 

But during all of this, God has been, is still and will ever be with us. Yet, it is easy for our everyday lives to get in the way of our time spent with Jesus and reflecting on just how much He has done for us and remembering just how much He loves us. He promises to take care of us. That’s why I find time spent in prayer and contemplation is so vital. It brings me back from the worries and fears that I allow to creep in and reminds me just Who is in control. He comforts me. 

When we think of God sending His beloved Son to die for us we may sometimes forget exactly all that Jesus’ death on the Cross did for us in order for us to have a relationship with Him. Before Jesus’ crucifixion, it is absolutely breathtaking to realize all of the regulations and the many measures that the Israelites were required to observe to atone for sins and rightfully worship God. Jesus removed all of that and gave us the ability to have that special relationship with Him. 

Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well. He was tired and thirsty. Since she was a Samaritan woman, He could have ignored her since Jews never dealt with Samaritans because they were considered impure. Yet, He demonstrates His love for her, as He does for us all, by not being too tired to speak to a human in need. She, naturally, was astounded when He asked her for a drink. Instead of ignoring her, He made time to be with her, listen to her stunned response to His request, and tell her of the Living Water. Jesus demonstrated that He knew her and that her need was spiritual rather than physical, moral rather than theological. He revealed that He is the Messiah she had heard was coming. Her witness, more than who she was or how she had lived, became as strong as anything that Jesus could have said, perhaps even more so. 

Just like the Samaritan woman, He knows each one of us. He knows our inner thoughts, concerns, our clumsiness in worship, that we stumble and fall. But the most important thing is that, when we ask forgiveness and worship with clean hearts and earnest spirits, we really are doing it right. 

 

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Chris Nagle

Great contribution. Thank you.


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Danelle Buelsing

Phyllis, thank you for bringing home the connection between this familiar story in the Bible and the way God knows us and loves us.

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