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!

 
Daily Devotion
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Daily Devotion

Cathy Heppler

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good:  His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1

For most of us, the summer of 2020 did not turn out as expected.  Vacations were canceled or not planned at all, my husband, kids and I never visited our community swimming pool, we were unable to have in-person gatherings with extended family members who are out-of-town and we did not celebrate special milestones with graduation and birthday parties.  The pandemic days that began as an inconvenience in March, have stretched into months of working from home and spending hours-upon-hours on Zoom video conference calls.  

Our sophomore student in college is not having the university experience of his dreams.  Our senior high school student has had his beloved sports season canceled.  Nearly every day, I talk with my widowed mother, who wants to continue living independently in the home where my siblings and I grew up.  I enjoy visiting with her to make sure she is staying safe and healthy, and to perhaps ease a little of her loneliness.  Her well-being is a constant concern. There are family members and friends who have been hospitalized with the virus and some may no longer be with us.  Basically, this meme says it all:  “Can we uninstall 2020 and install it again?  This version has a virus.”  It feels like the movie Groundhog Day where we wake up to relive the same day that we’ve been stuck in since March 2020. We are in week 25 of the pandemic, there seems to be no end in sight, and we wonder what bad news will greet us each morning when the sun comes up.  

Therein lies a glimmer of hope for me.  No matter how tough yesterday was, the sun did set last night and came back up this morning, sometimes in a blaze of God’s glory.  The thing that helps me through these overwhelming times is to stop for a moment, take a few deep breaths, think of a happy, peaceful place, and be grateful for God’s gifts – and there are many. 

 The beauty of our world far outweighs the ugly parts and I’m hopeful that I will always be able to see God’s splendor in the midst of the challenges.  I have a happy place shown in the picture, where I try to visit often, either in person or in my calm moment enveloped in God’s grace. Thanks be to God, for I am truly blessed.

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Heidi Johnson

The picture is beautiful and peaceful. Your reflection resonated with me today-last night I had a flat tire & the service truck wouldn't arrive until an hour later-- and then I saw the sunset. How it reflected in the clouds, creating a panorama of beauty. Thanks be to God for giving us beauty in this mess!


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Danelle Buelsing

During Walk, Talk, and Pray tonight, an unexpected rain shower passed through. We decided to wait it out, and afterwards we were awed by a beautiful sunset as we walked across the Ohio River. Now as I read your devotional, Cathy, the memory of that sunset seems even more precious. Thank you!

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