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

Luke 1:57-80

Holy Connections

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us… v.78

When I was in seminary, attending chapel during the week was a spiritual practice of mine. Reflecting on these services I can still hear the bubbling of the font, can picture the light coming through the stained glass windows, and taste the elements blessed by my professors. 

At chapel congregational and liturgical singing was most meaningful to me. It felt like home to hold the ELW and sing hymns and liturgy that I had sung and heard since I was a child. I can distinctly remember the voice of one of my classmates signing The Benedictus one morning, a gospel canticle taken directly from today’s reading. 

Scripture, like hymnody and liturgy, connects us not only to God but to others throughout history and around the world. It connects me to Zechariah, to my parents worshiping in their church, and that small rural church where I was baptized. These treasures of the church make holy connections across time, space, race, and gender. 

God of all, we give you thanks for the gifts of scripture, hymnody, and liturgy. In the name of the Christ. Amen.

Prayer concern: Church musicians

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