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
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Daily Devotion

Molly Kavanaugh

One of my pandemic projects has been going through journals I wrote long ago when I was in my 20s. I was (and still am) a sensitive soul but had forgotten that as a young woman I cried a lot, especially over really silly things. (I’ll spare you the details.)

I still have an affection for tears (nothing like a good cry) but as I got older my tears have been mostly controlled and appropriate. Then came COVID-19.

I cry while reading the paper or listening to the radio about a family’s resiliency or suffering. Today I heard about a 27-year-old college student in Kentucky who had to drive to the school’s parking lot because she did not have Wi-Fi at home.

I cry when I see someone I haven’t seen in months, like my exercise teacher and my 96-year-old friend in assisted living. I cry after the visit with my elderly friend because her poor hearing coupled with social distancing and masks made it almost impossible to talk.

I cry when I see children wearing face masks and when I see adults without them.

I cry when I remove my 50th high school reunion from the calendar, but then a video from St. Ursula Academy arrives to acknowledge the postponed event. 

I cry hearing about the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police officers.

I cry that my 93-year-old aunt died, the last of my mother’s original family, and we did not gather for a funeral.

I cry not knowing when I will see my 31-year-old son in Los Angeles.  And I cry most every Sunday when I “attend” church.

My friends and I talk about this, how easy our tears flow these days.  But at a time when so many of our behaviors are abnormal, crying feels like one of the most natural things to do.  

I know God hears my cries, your cries too, and understands our tears.  God is ever at our side, each tearful step of the way. Yes, tears can be healing, but I rest knowing that God is the supreme healer.  

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

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Danelle Buelsing

I remember hearing Pastor Alice describe it as "the gift of tears", which I thought was a beautiful description for something that reflects love and compassion.

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