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!

 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion by Karen Eller

Be still and know that I am God

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Many years ago, my mother included this verse from Psalm 46 in a note of comfort to a neighbor lady who was dying of cancer.  As a youngster I worried about what Mom had said.  “Be still” sounded to my young ears like a stern admonition.  Of course, as I matured, I came to understand that these words from the Holy Scriptures were, in fact, the ultimate reassurance of God’s promise of peace and everlasting life to those who believe in Him.

Today,  I sometimes  ask myself if I am misunderstanding or missing the point of God’s word.  While I pray I am not slipping away from the promise of that “Father’s house of many mansions”(John 14:2) I ask myself why is it sometimes so hard to stay in total connection with my Lord and Savior. 

Truth is, like many, I sink into the busyness of a secular world…a world full skeptics and non-believers, a world where many simply can’t find the time or inclination to think about God, much less worship Him.  I know I am wrong to doubt.  So, I push myself to read the Bible more and understand better. (“Your Word is a lamp onto my feet and a light onto my path”. Psalm 119) I listen ever so intently to our Pastors bringing the Good News and work hard to see clearly the many miracles that surround us.

One of those miracles is the season of Advent and the promise it brings.  It is the expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the nativity of Christ and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.  Noted German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said:  "The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come."   What a comforting thought that is.

This prayer, found on-line, says it perfectly for me:  “This Advent, Lord, come to the manger of my heart.  Fill me with Your presence from the very start. As I prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given, remind me of the gift You gave when You sent Your Son from heaven.”   Amen. 

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