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

Introduction to Stewardship of Creation 

Stewardship of creation is an integral part of the Christian faith. As Christians, we know that God created the world and all that is in it. God, out of love, creates a good world (Genesis 1:31) with all that humans need to grow and prosper. Creation in its essence is good because God is good. 

Not only does God create humans and all that exists, but God goes the extra step of giving human beings dominion over his creation (Genesis 1:28-30). Dominion over creation is a great gift but also a great responsibility. The fact that God gives human beings dominion over his creation is a testimony to the very nature of God’s expansive love and the nature of human dignity. God loves humans so much that he gives them the high honor of taking care of God’s precious creation.

Scripture  Genesis 1:28-31

28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

PSA From Detroit: Here is a short video made by the city of Detroit about caring for their city.  Detroit

For Reflection: God gave humans dominion over creation.  Another name for this is stewardship.  A steward is someone who manages the property or possessions of someone else.  The steward does not own the property but is in charge of it.  What do you feel is our responsibility in caring for or being stewards of the earth God has given us to live on?  Do you agree that the city of Detroit is really calling their citizens to the holy act of stewardship? 

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