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 Buzz Dorward

SERVING GOD AND MY NEIGHBOR

Psalm 121: I look to the mountains, where will my help come from?  My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your fall: your protector is always awake. The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps.  the Lord will guard you; he is by your side to protect you.  The sun will not hurt you during the day, nor the moon during the night.  The Lord will protect you from all danger: He will keep you safe.  He will protect you as you come and go now and forever.

Several years ago, a friend of ours casually mentioned that the executor of their estate had moved away. Without giving it much thought, I told Anne that I would be happy to fill the role of executor.  I knew very little about what that might entail and less about the assets of the couple. Upon the death of the last survivor, I met with the attorney and received a “crash course” in what an executor does!!

In the process of fulfilling my duties, I visited many banks and savings and loans to close out all the accounts, sell the house and dispose of a house full of furniture.  Prior to putting the house on the market, the entire house had to be stripped of wallpaper and painted.

About this time, I became aware of a family in Kentucky that had suffered a house fire and lost all of their belongings.  I contacted the television station on which I heard the news and asked if they could put me in touch with this family.  They had an intermediary to contact as they would not give out the family’s name.  I advised this person of my status and told her that I  had an entire house of furniture which I would be willing to give to these people who had suffered the fire.  After much ado, she put me in contact with the family and they visited the house to see what was available and what they could use.  The family was besides themselves and couldn’t believe that this was happening to them!

They chose the furniture they could use and, with many tears, were so thankful that God had sent someone to fill their needs.  I know that this compassionate couple who  owned all of this furniture would have felt so good to know that their belongings had filled such a void.

The words of Psalm 121 seemed to ring true.

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Danelle Marie Buelsing

Buzz, this is an amazing story about God's provision in time of need. What an honor it must have been to be God's intermediary to make this happen!

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