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!

 
Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

James 5:7-12

Patience and Endurance

...be patient as you wait for the coming the Lord. (v.7)

In my part of the world, spring seems to take along time coming. Long after winter holidays and bright, fresh snowfalls, the both the sky and the land appear to just be a dingy grey. It seems like days pass without sun. It is on these days that my eyes ache for green sprouts and a break in the clouds.

Our passage from James we read today, speaks to the patience I need on late winter days. Later in the reading, the James also speaks of endurance. As a runner of marathons, I appreciate this encouragement as well; perhaps looking to others that have crossed the finish line as evidence that, yes, I can do that too!

Whether it is due to illness, unemployment, or the fight for racial justice, we need patience and endurance to actively wait for the in-breaking of God’s healing presence. Though waiting is often difficult, the Lord will come. “[F]or the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (v. 11b)

Faithful God, remind us that you are along side us as we await your coming. Amen.

Prayer concern: Those waiting for racial justice

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