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 Sandi Wearne

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:15-17

This past Christmas our daughter gave my husband a gift from StoryWorth, an online site for recording family stories. Every week Grant receives an email with a different question to answer. Questions have included topics such as childhood memories of family trips, favorite childhood toys and how he felt when his military service ended. Grant submits his answers online & our daughter & I receive emails with his recorded answers. I’ve enjoyed reading additional details to stories I may have previously heard and our daughter appreciates new stories she may have never heard. These stories will be a lasting connection to her dad.

I look forward to receiving these weekly emails and like to re-read his past stories and anticipate receiving the next story. In thinking about these stories, I remembered how meaningful stories can be to each of us. A few of the functions of stories in our lives can be to tell a family’s or a peoples’ history, teach a lesson or purely to entertain us. Out of curiosity, I did a quick search of the word story and an online thesaurus offered suggestions such as “scoop,” “adventure” and “long and short of it” as options to using the word.

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book is a book that I remember picking up many times in our family home. I loved the stories and it was all the better if there was a picture to go along with the story. Cherished Bible stories also came from devoted Sunday School or Vacation Bible School teachers or from my parents decades ago. As a young child, I expressly remember my happiness in hearing the New Testament story where Jesus scolded the disciples for trying to keep the young children from coming to him & then he took the children and blessed them. At that age, I received this story at its face value, being unaware of the significance of Jesus pausing to bless children during this Biblical period or a more scholarly interpretation of what Jesus may have been telling the people. It is likely one of the earliest “Aha!” moments in my spiritual development: Jesus cares about children. He cares about me. I matter!

At a young age, this assurance of Jesus’ love became my own story – the “long and short of it.” 

What holds you or speaks to you in your favorite story?

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Danelle Buelsing

Sandi, over the years I have seen you pass that same message on to countless children, that they matter, that they are special, that they have value just the way they are.


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Sandi Wearne

Danelle, many thanks for your kind words.

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