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 Dolores Engebrecht

“The greatest among you will be your servant.”  Matthew 23:11

Collecting quotes is a hobby of mine.  I have saved many hundreds of them over the years and used some of them in various ways as inspiration, reflection, encouragement, etc.  Recently I came across one that caught my attention.  It said, “Everybody can be great….because anybody can serve.” by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was mentioned by a sixteen year old young lady from Indianapolis, named Emma.

When Emma was in third grade, she decided to have a book drive and collect books for an inner-city school.  She enlisted family, friends and her church and collected 300 books for IPS #60 school for a parent and children’s library.  The books were very much appreciated and used.

The next year Emma had to be at Riley Children’s Hospital on occasion and realized that books were a real blessing to help pass the time for her in the waiting room.  Working with her fourth-grade teacher she collected 500 books from her school, family and friends and delivered them to the hospital.  They would be loaded onto a cart or little red wagon and distributed to children throughout the hospital.  She saw that they were a real blessing to the receivers.

Emma formed a non-profit organization and called it, “Emma’s Bundles of Books and Joy!”  In 2019 Emma was sixteen and had already collected and delivered 16,000 books and toys.  That year she was awarded “The Power of Children Award,” an national award for children making a difference.  Well done, Emma.  You are an inspiration and truly a servant of the Lord!  Just think of how many children and parents were blessed by her efforts.  And thank you to her parents for helping to store, box and help deliver them.  Isn’t it amazing what a determined soul can do! Truly a blessing and fine example!

Just think of the many outreach and servant deeds done by members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  We never know how far and wide our efforts may reach.  But God knows.  Surely we are servants!

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Danelle Buelsing

Thank you for this inspiring story!

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