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!

 
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Jen Jarman

Daily Devotion

Camp Luther 
66 wooded acres along the shores of Lake Erie 
Stunning view with sensational sunsets
Hiking trails, sport fields 
 

Lutheridge Camp & Conference Center
160 acres in Arden, NC
Scenic, mountain setting    
Hiking trails, canoeing, rock climbing

 

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Five Senses of Camp – Hearing

Music. There is always music at camp. Some of it is silly (OK – a fair bit of it is silly), but all of it is beautiful. I love it when my kids break into a rendition of “I Like Bananas” around the dinner-table or that they challenge each other over who likes to “Popsico” more. I have an ongoing joke with Pastor Alex that if he can fit in a stanza of “Drop Kick me Jesus” into a sermon, I’ll buy his family dinner.

During the week at Camp Luther, campers have the option to attend choir practice during the afternoon block of camp activities and these choirs (children and adult) give an offertory during the Friday Night Closing Worship Service. My daughter has participated in the Children’s Choir at Camp Luther each summer, which says a lot since she is choosing to attend this activity over other favorite camp activities, like making crafts in the Craft Cabin.

Friday Night Closing Worship ends with families having a time to find a special spot at camp and talk about their week together and how they want to keep the spirit of camp alive in their daily routines once they return home. Everyone is then invited back to the chapel for a Singfest and again, it is music that fills the air. Everything from “Sweet Caroline” to “Jesus Loves Me” is a part of this sacred time. There are so many songs that I associate with camp and those are the songs that I find myself humming more frequently right now.  

One year, as I was packing up some items in the car the night before we left Lutheridge, I could hear the campers singing at their Closing Campfire. The sound of their singing carried up the hillside and I started singing with them too. The words to that particular song are:

So set a fire down in my soul
That I can't contain and I can't control
I want more of You, God
I want more of You, God

No place I would rather be
Than here in Your Love!
Here in Your Love!

(Set A Fire – just watch the first couple of minutes)

Going to camp each year rekindles that fire in my soul and there is no place I’d rather be, surrounded by God, my own family, and my GSLC community.

What rekindles your soul – is it a place? A song?

What has quarantine and stay at home orders helped you to discover what you want more of?

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Mary Montgomery

Thanks Jen for your camp devotions this week. We took our kids to Camp Luther for many years when they were growing up and your devotions brought back so many great memories.

“Rattle rattle crash beep beep.......... keep those memories coming🙏

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