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 Ginny Pape

Sufficient Grace 
This pandemic has been extremely hard for me. I am an extrovert. A people person. I miss my church and my church family. Since last March, like many of you, I have spent the majority of the days (and nights) alone. I don’t like it!

As we enter the Lenten season; the time of reflection, sacrifice and preparation, I am thinking this whole past year has been time of Lent. We have all certainly sacrificed, some more than others. And by spending so much alone time, we can become overwhelmed by reflection. We are preparing everyday, masking, sanitizing, social distancing. Now waiting for our turn to be vaccinated.

I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he to me  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made prefect in weakness”.   2 Corinthians 12: 7-9.

Max Lucado  reminds us, that Grace takes an added dimension. Paul is referring to a sustaining Grace which saves us from sin. It does not promise the absence of struggle but the presence of God.

God has sufficient Grace to meet all of the challenges of our life. This pandemic has been a very severe challenge. It has been a very sharp thorn in our flesh! 

Now with the vaccine here and being widely administered, we begin to see the light ahead. Just as we see the dark harsh days of Lent become the beautiful glory of Easter, and our risen Lord. In these last eleven months we have been through hardship and pain that we never imagined would occur in our lives. And yet it did.
Again Lucado states:
     Pain does not plague God
     The economy does not faze God
     The weather does not disturb him
     Disease does not infect him
     Death cannot claim him
God has the power to understand and comfort us each time we need him and call on him. God’s Grace is sufficient always. Always!

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Danelle Buelsing

Ginny, these quotes by Max Lucado about God's power and grace are so powerful. Thank you for sharing them and the rest of your devotional.

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