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 retired Pastor, Pete Rudowski

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

When I was serving as a full-time parish pastor, parishioners often came to me to complain (biblically to lament) or to gain perspective about something they experienced.  In these conversations, I often asked, What did you expect to happen?  The question is a psychological one.  Expectations determine how we evaluate an experience.  If the experience is less than what was expected, the experience is disappointing at best.  If the experience meets our expectations, the experience is a good one.  And, if an experience exceeds our expectation, the experience is great.

I come to the festival of Easter, the resurrection of Jesus, with expectations.  If these expectations are met or exceeded, the seven festival weeks of Easter are great.  Following are two of my expectations. 

I expect to hear sermons proclaim Jesus’ fight with evil on the cross has a winner, namely, Jesus defeats evil.  I expect to sing hymns filled with the proclamation of Jesus’ rule over all that exists.  I expect prayers filled with thanksgiving for the new life inaugurated in Jesus’ resurrection.  All this means my expectations that Jesus will be with me in my fight against evil will be met.  (By definition, evil is anything which separates us from the love of God.)

I expect in my own devotions to read and pray over the stories of the post resurrection appearances of Jesus.  I will read and pray over the story of Jesus encountering two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-43).  I will read and pray over Jesus appearing in the upper room to the disciples and then a week later to the disciples including Thomas to show Thomas the nail holes in his hands and the spear wound in his side. (John 21:19-29)    I will read and prayer over Jesus cooking breakfast for the disciples in Galilee, Peter’s profession of love for Jesus, and Jesus’ command to “feed my sheep.” (John 21:1-19)  These prayers will lead me to look for the road to Emmaus, the upper room, and Jesus asking if I love him in my life.

Knowing my expectation helps me look for and to experience where they are being met and why I feel the way that I do.

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