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

Devotion by Bill Lucke

I once accepted my daughter’s invitation to be part of a Career Day for a sixth grade class. I put together what I thought was a neat discussion comparing the work that chemists might do at Procter and Gamble or  EPA’s Breitenbach Laboratory on the UC campus. 

I was ready to dazzle my sixth graders, but when I reached the school, I was told the schedule had changed and I would be talking to a first grade class and all the dazzle disappeared. Instead, I showed them a video animation of how the universe developed following the Big Bang as an illustration of what a scientist might study. Always carry your laptop!

At the end, one little boy came up to me with a troubled look on his face. In a very soft voice he asked his question: “Did the dinosaurs come before God?” Obviously, he was getting conflicting data from different sources.

I told him that before God created the world, there was no time and that God was everywhere and everywhen.  This might not have been what his parents would want him to hear, but it was the best I had. 

At my age, the question is not so much about “before me” as it is about “after me”. I accept the promise that I will be “raised from the dead’ without fully understanding details. I expect to be surprised but not disappointed. 

Advent is a time of reflection, anticipation and expectation. We remember a time when God physically came into the world and everything changed about the way we understand who we are and what God wants from us. We anticipate His return and expect more changes, but can only speculate what those might be. But we have the comfort of knowing that God is not moving toward us, He is moving with us. 

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