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

by Carol Wuebbling

“Stop, Look, and Listen, before you cross the street.“ Do those words resonate with you? They do with me. I remember as a little girl feeling cautious, then prepared, then bold…as I stepped out onto the road.  And there’s a certain parallel with the paths we are on during Covid.

     It’s spring, and things are beginning to open up for us and for animals too.   I’ve been checking a video link to the 400-mile Moose Migration through the woods of  Sweden. While the birds chirp, the moose nibble lackadaisically on evergreen sprigs, and then they dare, one at a time, to wade in and swim across the wide river. I’m watching in REAL time!  The water is especially fast and deep now, but these wild animals don’t worry; they simply do what God intends for them to do:  They trust their instincts; they swim the same path their ancestors have done for thousands of years, rewarded by rich summer pastures.  I feel emboldened as I watch.

     We are all emerging from isolation, testing the waters, so to speak. We are careful; we look both ways, we hear the voices of our fellow travelers; we listen to God, and we head out into the world again, searching for spiritual nourishment and for love.

     For me, attending the newly-opened 11:00 service at Good Shepherd was a big deal. I stopped at the entry to church, I looked inside and saw smiling eyes above the masks; I slowly walked forward and found my pew.  I wasn’t alone. My Faith family sat safely-distanced all around me.  For the next hour or so, I listened to the sermon and recited the creed.  I prayed the prayers and hummed the hymns. We weren’t supposed to sing, (to be safe) but Inside, my heart was rejoicing. I was immersed in memories: raising my children to adulthood under Pastor Pat’s care; training intensely for Stephen MInistry, sharing God’s love with my care receiver;  sermons that lifted my life; the casual and profound relationships with Christians swimming this river of faith alongside me, the knowledge that when I reached deep in my giving, God’s rewards were abundant. It was all there.

     These traditions of the service made me feel connected to the generations of Lutherans who came before me.  And they especially connected me to these friends and family at Good Shepherd.   I was there, boldly swimming the river of faith with them, and so was God. 

2nd Timothy 1:7  For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love.

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Dawn Haugom

Carol, your writing and spiritual connection is superb. I receive a lot of peace from your writing.


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Carol Wuebbling

Dawn, your words bring me joy, and I feel your peace. Thanks SO much!

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