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!

 
Daily Devotion
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Dolores Engebrecht

Galatians 6:9-10  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…

God’s Work, Our Hands.  All for nothing!  On August 4, 2020 a huge ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut, Lebanon flattened an entire portion of the city.  How very sad!  At least 150 people were killed, many hundreds injured and hospitals were full.  At least 1 in 4 residents were already refugees from that war-torn part of the world and 300,000 more people were forced from their homes.

   According to Lutheran World Relief the blast destroyed three (3) forty foot shipping containers that were stored at the port ready for the contents to be distributed.  22,000 LWR Mission quilts, 100 cartons of School Kits, 300 cartons of Personal Care Kits, and 125 cartons of Baby Care Kits were blown up.    

   Lord, why?  Why do these kinds of things happen in our world today?  Those  suffering people needed those quilts to keep warm this winter.  How must the many faithful quilters feel who spent hours planning and praying as they worked on those quilts, maybe even some GSLC ladies?  With all  that’s going on in the world today, we didn’t need another tragedy.

  Sometimes things just don’t go as planned……....like this year.  Maybe there is a reason, though we can’t always see it.  How can we learn to trust God with the outcome despite our disappointment?  I wonder how many times our plans have changed for a reason we know nothing about.  God is in control and we must trust Him no matter what.

Who can you encourage today?

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