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!

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Daily Devotion

John 15:11  Jesus said, “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

(This is an adaptation of a blessing shared by Archbishop Desmond Tutu after spending time with His Holiness the Dali Lama as recorded in The Book Of Joy by Doug Abrams)

“Dear Child of God, you are loved with a love that nothing can shake, a love that loved you long before you were created, a love that will be there long after everything has disappeared.  You are precious, with a preciousness that is quite immeasurable.  And God wants you to be like God.  Filled with life and goodness and laughter  -  and joy.  God, who is forever pouring out God’s whole being from all eternity, wants you to flourish.  God wants you to be filled with joy and excitement and ever longing to be able to find what is so beautiful in God’s creation:  the compassion of so many, the caring, the sharing.  And God says, Please, my child, help me.  Help me to spread love and laughter and joy and compassion.  As you do this, you discover joy.  Joy which you had not sought, comes as the gift, as almost the reward for this non-self-regarding caring for others.”

Reflection: will you read Tutu’s blessing again—but this time will you read it more intimately, imagining God speaking these words directly to you?  Read it slowly, savoring each promise and proclamation spoken into your life today.  What does it mean to you to carry these words into this day?  Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

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