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 Peter Eller

“ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND! … PHAROAH SAYS MAKE MORE BRICKS!” The words roared out of the loudspeaker.  

It was a Saturday in September, well into the second day of a food packing operation for Hands Against Hunger in Good Shepherd’s Parish Hall. The goal was to produce one hundred thousand bags of a nutritionally balanced mixture designed to strengthen the human body against starvation. The work was part of our participation in God’s Work, Our Hands that year. Ten identical assembly lines were humming, staffed by members of Good Shepherd and another local church. 

This would perhaps be the only food available to a starving child in Africa or maybe Haiti.  The food would be the metaphorical equivalent of the manna given to the Israelites on their long journey back to the promised land.

And he rained down upon them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.  Psalm 78:24

The amusing reference to Pharoah made by the minister from the other church…were we “slaves” too as the Israelites had been?  Good Shepherd’s people were certainly working hard. 

A melodic rhythm of weighing, measuring, bagging, counting, and packing bags of dry food ingredients demanded steady concentration.  At the end of each line an unending flow of filled cartons moved toward a waiting truck.  The persistent hum of activity was mesmerizing.  The excitement and energy were contagious.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.   1Corinthians 3:9 

As the loudspeaker sounded again and again urging us on, the production of food packets continued until the barrels of ingredients were finally all gone.   

Now we had exceeded our goal and found humbling comfort in the words of Jesus.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

We slept well that night.

The next day was Sunday. The Parish Hall was quiet, with no trace of the previous day’s activities. But, once again, it seemed a hallowed place to all of us…once again we felt God’s presence.

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