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 retired Pastor, Pete Rudowski


Peter Drucker, the dean of organizational thinking in the 20th century, said, “Good manners are the lubricant of a healthy organization.”  I have added to Drucker’s insight, Good manners are the lubricant to healthy relationships including our relationship with God.

Good manners include lots of thank yous.  I have observed over the years parents teaching young children to say thank you when they are given something.  I also observed these same parents do not say thank you when their partner gives them something.  Do adults simply forget or are so busy that thank yous no longer apply to their relationships?

I believe remembering to say thank you when you are given something (or when someone does something for you) shows appreciation and gratitude.  And, a thank you is a reminder someone cares about you.  Thank yous build and lubricate healthy relationships in many different ways.

Easter, the festival of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, is the most important celebration of the Christian calendar.  It is so important the celebration lasts seven weeks.  For seven weeks, Easter invites us to offer a joyful thank you to God for restoring a strained relationship in the forgiveness of sin.  Easter invites us to offer a joyful thank you to God for inviting us to be part of Jesus’ family, i.e., to be his brothers and sisters.  Easter invites us to offer a joyful thank you to God for trusting and empowering us with the Spirit of the resurrected Jesus to continue his ministry on earth of teaching, preaching, and healing.  Easter invites us to offer a joyful thank you to God for walking with us in our joys as well as our suffering, struggles, and doubts.  Finally, thank you to God for the resurrection of Jesus brings to the very front of our mind how much God cares for and loves us.

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