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 Bea Broder-Oldach

You are the light of the world.. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matt 5:14-16 ESV

With Lent comes the traditional conversation about making a Lenten sacrifice, “ giving something up” as a practice of spiritual discipline. At the beginning of Lent last year, we were just awakening to the new reality of a global pandemic. In a pandemic, people are asked to give up so many things and by the time Lent gave way to Holy Week 2020, many church buildings were closed for in person gatherings. It  seemed like we were in a season of Lent- extended version. Trying to make sense of it all, some  chose to engage the pandemic experience as a Lenten spiritual  practice, accepting the necessary “giving up” of familiar patterns of living as a journey of faith.

Mindfully letting  go of the familiar can lead us on new pathways, and the possibility of making meaning from the grief and loss of the people, places, experiences and patterns that form the fabric of our lives. It is not an easy path, with the difficult tensions, fear, deep division and brokenness of these times. Still, in the midst of the hardships we have carried this year, there has also been signs of  blessing. In this pandemic time now bookended by two Lents,  many people shifted from “ giving up something” to simply “giving as they were able” by making masks, delivering meals, providing childcare, calling shut ins- and for essential workers, by serving at risk for the sake of others. Acts of love as these and countless others make a powerful witness to our resurrection faith in the triumph of life over death.

In the peeling back our familiar ways of life, a larger spiritual landscape comes into view, inviting us into a deeper, transformative journey with God. For me, it was the peeling away of my “ taking life for granted layer”  that opened a new vista, awakening  my senses to  the abundant beauty of God’s creation, and cultivating gratitude for the generosity of people giving to others in ways both simple and profound. Love has the power to transform this dark winter of pandemic into the promise of new life. Have you seen it?  Where have you seen Resurrection light breaking through these challenging times? What can it look like?

Resurrection light looks like kindness, breaking through isolation. Two people approach one another as they walk along a sidewalk. One steps back to allow the other to pass with a safe space between them, speaking a deeper kind of hello. “ Be safe today.”

Resurrection light looks companioning, offering peace of mind and safety. Grocery workers shop for others, delivering needed supplies to homes or into the trunk of a vehicle. A word of encouragement or friendly greeting  offers a moment of  human contact and care. 

Resurrection light looks like compassion, offering comfort, care, celebration and consolation.  A friend sends cards and sets up video chats to people living in isolation during the pandemic. Car Parades are arranged for memorial celebrations, for birthdays, graduations and anniversaries.

Resurrection light looks like justice, creating access to food, shelter and health care.   Church communities fill their food pantries and create safe and dignified ways to distribute food to people, many experiencing food scarcity for the first time. Health care providers place Covid testing sites in accessible locations, on bus lines and in pop up sites. 

Resurrection light looks like stewardship, Techies design new ways for us to stay connected as families, friends, colleagues, and as church as we ZOOM and travel a virtual highway together.  School buses deliver meals to their students learning at home.    A neighbor turns her garage space into a library for young children at home. 

Resurrection light looks like Love, breaking through barriers, transforming and restoring life. As people of faith, we know that the pandemic is not the end of the story. We are part of a larger story of grace and new life. May your Lenten journey be blessed with grace, peace, and hope. Be safe and be well. 

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Danelle Buelsing

Bea, I found your point that the pandemic is "bookended" between 2 Lent seasons to be interesting -- I hadn't thought of it that way before. I also really liked your beautiful examples of "Resurrection light".

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Bea Broder-Oldach

Thank you Danielle..we surely are living in amazing times.

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